Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton

Poster for Gaslight

Scene from Gaslight

 

Scene from Gaslight

 

Scene from Gaslight

 

Scene from Gaslight

 

Scene from Gaslight

 

 

 

February 2007

For their first production of 2007, Ashby Dramatic Society chose the classic thriller ‘Gaslight’ directed by Jeannie Donald. First performed in 1939 and rarely out of production since then, Gaslight with its chilling tale of psychological collapse still has the power to shock. Set in gloomy Victorian London, Gaslight tells the story of the lonely Bella Manningham, young wife of the slightly mysterious Jack Manningham. Bella begins to fear for her own sanity when she begins to hear mysterious footsteps. Objects around the house seem to move or go missing. Lights flicker as if alive. As Bella’s plight becomes more and more desperate, people around her helplessly witness her descent into mental turmoil. Will help arrive in time to save Bella from the madhouse, the fate which befell her own dear departed mother? Will she find a true friend in the unexpected arrival of former detective Rough? Or is he not quite all he claims to be? Is Jack really the devoted husband desperate to help his ailing wife or, are his intentions altogether different?

Ashby Dramatic Society’s production of this classic claustrophobic thriller played to full houses every night and kept audiences on the edge of their seats right up to the sordid finale, when Bella achieves a few moments of sweet revenge for the suffering inflicted upon her.

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