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BrumHour saw Murder in the Dark at the invite of The Alexandra.
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By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Murder in the Dark at The Alexandra
Directed by Philip Franks, written by Torben Betts
Former pop star Danny Sierra (Tom Chambers) and his lady friend Sarah (Laura White) encounter a creepy house when they break down in a remote location one New Year’s Eve. The owner Mrs Bateman (Susie Blake) is filled with secrets.
Initially, this looks to be set in one single room but there are several moments of transformation in what is essentially a ghost story about things which haunt us.
The soundscape and music play an important role in creating tension and there are fewer jump scares than you’d expect but more a creeping level of tomfoolery, and there is actually quite a lot of humour in this production.
Suzie Blake is excellent here and her comedy chops come out to play at every moment she gets. She’s a total scene stealer and you can’t help but watch her every move. Tom Chambers is solidly good as a man torn from fame and money whilst being desperate for the family he seems to have left behind.
Try not to think too much about the plot as it starts to unweave a little bit on closer inspection. Did the nursery rhyme have a meaning in the end or not? Why did no one have a phone charger? I had some slight confusion about who was who and what was what but it didn’t really matter as the story went on.
The audience seemed to find it more scary than I did? Was I enjoying the dark humour too much?
Creepingly creepy, Murder in the Dark is at The Alexandra until 11th November 2023. Discover what is coming up at The Alexandra here: atgtickets.com/venues/alexandra-theatre-birmingham.
After the performance of Murder in the Dark on Friday 10th November, BrumHour was invited to join a Ghost Tour of The Alexandra hosted by Julia with Donna and Bill. After a quick post show drink in the Piano Bar we were invited back into the theatre auditorium and told about some of the unusual happenings at The Alexandra over its 120 year history. We then took a visit to the Grand Upper Circle which presents an excellent view into the theatre itself.
The second part of our Ghost Tour was a visit via the laundry, through a maze of corridors and staircases and then down under the stage, the tour ended on the stage itself where were had to keep our hands to ourselves so we didn’t disturb the set.
Becky who was with me said:
The ghost tour was a perfect way to wrap up an evening after a thrilling performance. It was great to experience the Alex after hours while learning more about the theatre’s rich history.
Different Ghost Tours will offer different access to parts of the theatre depending on the production or what is happening on the day but it is worth looking out for these Tours during future productions.
Discover what is coming up at The Alexandra here: atgtickets.com/venues/alexandra-theatre-birmingham.