A SPECIFICALLY THEATRICAL KIND OF HORROR: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Nicola Pasqualicchio

Abstract

The article focuses on Stephen Mallatratt’s play The Woman in Black (1987) and confronts it with the homonymous novel by Susan Hill (1983), that is its source. The goal of the article is to emphasize the originality of the play in comparison with the literary work, and to demonstrate how it employs specifically theatrical devices to achieve its horror effects. In particular, the article underlines the continuity between theatrical performance and rite, that opens the stage door to the irruption of the supernatural.

 

Keywords

stage horror, ghost plays, theatre and rite.

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References

BORIE, Monique (1997): Le Fantôme ou Le Théâtre qui doute, Acte Sud, Arles.

FORTUNE THEATRE (2016): The Woman in Black (Theatre programme), London.

HILL, Susan (2016): The Woman in Black, Vintage, London.

HOEDT, Madelon (2016): «Stephen Mallatratt», in Elizabeth Mc Carthy and Bernice M. Murphy (eds.), Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic. Fifty-Four Neglected Authors, Actors, Artists and Others, McFarland and Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, pp. 131-135.

MALLATRATT, Stephen (1989): The Woman in Black: A Ghost Play, Samuel French, London.

MURGATROYD, Simon (2012): «The Woman In Black: 25 Years On», The Stephen Joseph Theatre Circular Magazine, January: [ultimo accesso 10-12-2017].

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