The Woman In Black

16/01/2011 18:02

Theatre KONTRA (Dosky 2007 – Newcomer of the Year) kindly invites you to its latest show, English gothic horror The Woman in Black, Stephen Mallatratt's theatre adaptation of the famous eponymous novel by Susan Hill.

Photo: Divadlo Kontra

Both the play and the novel have been extremely successful. Susan Hill’s book has been translated into several languages and Mallatratt’s play, firstly staged in Scarborough in 1987, has been on at London’s West End for twenty-one years on end. In that time, it has been seen by more than 7 million viewers and many of them come see the play again and again.

What’s the secret to its success? Susan Hill thinks that what makes the story attractive is its message. Jennet Humfrye can’t forgive. She can’t go on and therefore she is stuck in the inferno of grief and revenge. The lesson you can learn from both the novel and the play is that one must forgive and go on living because grief and blaming lead nowhere.

Susan Hill’s scary novel The Woman in Black was published in 1983. Stephen Mallatratt, actor and dramatist of Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, read it and tried to picture how it could be staged, using only modest scenography and simple stage props. His vision relied on the audience creating the most disturbing aspects of the play in their imagination. And so does the staging of the play by Spišská Nová Ves’s Theatre KONTRA.

When?             Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8 p.m.

Where?             A4 Nultý priestor, Bratislava

The performance has been supported by the British Council, the Slovak Ministry of Culture and the Polish Institute.

If you would like to book tickets, contact Peter Čižmár -- peciz9(at), 0907 908 986.

Translation: Juraj Šebesta

Director: Klaudyna Rozhin

Starring: Peter Čižmár and Miki Macala


Photo: Divadlo Kontra, Information: Divadlo Kontra's press release