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Murder in the Dark

Murder in the Dark

Now I need to be careful with this review because I don’t want to reveal any particular spoilers. However,Murder in the Dark, presented by Original Theatre, brought an intriguing and mischievous touch to The Lowry in Salford this week. As the play unfolds, it reveals itself as a moody, inventive ghost story and thriller hybrid, surprising the audience with a blend of conventional theatrical elements and unexpected twists, providing a distinct and engaging experience for theatre enthusiasts.

The story commences with a seemingly typical scenario. A troubled couple stranded on New Years Eve at a remote farmstead. Characters like the former pop star, Danny (Tom Chambers), and his girlfriend, Sarah (Laura White), and Dannys estranged family all navigated through by Mrs. Bateman, who is played by the fabulous and iconic Susie Blake, adds layers of complexity to the unfolding narrative.

With the best comic lines Blake shines as the enigmatic Mrs. Bateman, showcasing her versatility as an actress. In the first act she dominates with humour yet maintains an air of creepiness and she carries this through to the second half bringing a captivating performance that elevates the overall experience. In addition, Tom Chambers delivers a solid performance as the central force, portraying a troubled character that kept the audience on edge.

The production feels a little rushed at the end with the story seeming a little cobbled together in places. However, it does benefit from strong performances and proves to be a worthwhile experience for those seeking a different take on stage mysteries. Though it occasionally lacks genuine scares, in conclusion, Murder in the Dark provides a curious and creepy journey.

Murder in the Dark is at The Lowry, Salford, until Saturday 27 th January 2024.

Dean Thomal-Lowde for Canal St Media

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Published: 25-Jan-2024 (7366)

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