The Loft Theatre in Leamington is offering an unusual way to get your ‘fright fix’ this Halloween. Matthew Salisbury went along to investigate.
The popularity of Halloween – particularly among the young – seems to go from strength to strength. And it’s this love of the gruesome and scary that the Loft is catering for in its highly inventive offering Lurking in The Loft.
In a highly innovative step, the theatre has turned itself into a walk-through nightmarish experience, daring its audience to take a stroll through a very dark tale.
Those brave enough to go along are led through a series of well-staged scenes gradually learning more about a macabre tale of missing and murdered girls until the grim reveal at the end.
Credit must go too to the lighting department. The nooks and crannies of the theatre’s backstage area are all transformed beautifully.
The Loft has searched its costume, make-up and props resources well. This is a fun feast for the senses with some great gore that modern Halloween fans will love.
Devised and directed by Elizabeth Morris, the experience features a wonderfully committed company drawing on some theatre stalwarts and a very good crop of younger members.
At just under half an hour from the first uncomfortable welcome to the final emergence back into the light it’s also perfectly timed.
With Halloween filling so many shop shelves, TV schedules, pub theme nights and, of course, coming to your own doorstep on Wednesday, you might think you’d had enough of all things spooky. The engagingly fresh approach of this experience at The Loft should be sufficient to breathe a bit of life back into it.
Lurking in The Loft runs until Thursday (November 1) with a range of entry times at 20 minute intervals. Visit lofttheatrecompany.com for full details.