Turn of the Screw

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Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw adapted by Tim Luscombe, 2016


– It’s quite too horrible.
– For sheer terror?
– For dreadful – dreadfulness! For general uncanny ugliness and horror and pain.
– Oh, how delicious!

Henry James’s famous ghost story Turn of the Screw has been rendered fresh and urgent in Tim Luscombe’s new stage adaptation for four actors.

1840. A young governess is sent to look after two orphaned children in Bly, an idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that she and the children are not alone when she’s startled by the spectre of a strange man – a figure both frightening and alluring. This ghostly intruder is merely the harbinger of others – ex-inhabitants who’ve returned to haunt the place and threaten the governess’s safety and that of her two young charges. Determined to prove her value, the governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to…The Others.

This adaptation remains faithful to James’ much-loved classic, retaining the ambiguity and letting the audience draw their own conclusions about the events in Bly and what actually happened to the governess and the innocents under her protection.

Commissioned by Dermot McLaughlin, my 4-hander adaptation of ‘Turn of the Screw’ will open at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in February 2018 and then tour the UK through the spring.

To book tickets for the Colchester performances, please go to https://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/turn-of-the-screw/#dates

To book tickets for the tour please see https://www.turnofthescrewplay.com/


Four actors – three female & one male – play:

– The Governess
– Mrs Conray/Flora
– Mrs Grose
– The Employer, Miles and the Others

Setting: Multi-locational, fluid

Published: Not yet published

Produced: Colchester and UK tour 2018 https://www.turnofthescrewplay.com/

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