Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Abrupt ending can’t spoil a spooky show

In the chilly gloom of Wednesday evening, south Belfast's Drumglass Park came alive with the undead.

Running until Halloween, Kabosh Theatre Company's Ghosts of Drumglass is a site-specific piece of experimental theatre exploring the hidden history of the park, located between the Lisburn and Malone Roads.

Based on the actual Musgrave family, who left the park to the city in 1922 and whose ancestral home is now part of nearby Victoria College, our guide was Henry Musgrave, played by James Doran. Resplendent in black cape and giving it his best Vincent Price, he led us from the spookily lit public toilets, through the park's ancient trees, to the children's playground, where swings and roundabouts moved of their own accord.

But a convoluted script meant it was hard to follow what was going on at times, and a rather abrupt ending left several in the group asking, “Is that it?”

Still, Ghosts of Drumglass again underlines the Belfast Festival's commitment to a varied programme.

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