Thriller lights up Masque

2015-11-10 06:00
Neil van Bergen and Mike Dewar in a scene from Gas Light.

Neil van Bergen and Mike Dewar in a scene from Gas Light.

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The Muizenberg Amateur Dramatic Society will take a look at atypical domestic violence with the thriller Gas Light.

The play opens at the Masque Theatre on Friday. Since its first performance in 1938, the Victorian melodrama has captured the imagination of both psychological experts and the popular psyche.

Gas Light tells the story of Bella Manningham (played by Jenny Brandt) who is married to the cruel and manipulative Jack (Neil van Bergen). Jack’s volatile nature and narcissistic tricks deliberately lead Bella to believe that she is destined to die in an asylum.

He has a shady past to hide and even shadier activities he wishes to conceal. He does not realise, however, that his nocturnal activities cause the gas lights in their London home to brighten and dip, drawing Bella even closer to the abyss.

One evening a stranger called Rough (Mike Dewar) appears. Slowly, he casts some light on the situation and tries to convince Bella that she is not going insane.

Directed by Richard Higgs, Gas Light runs Thursdays to Saturdays until Saturday 21 November. V Call the Masque Theatre on 021 788 1898 (weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00 or Saturdays before noon) or email to book. Visit the Muizenberg Dramatic Society page on Facebook for more information.

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