Gimcrack’s debut show is a spine-chilling modern adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, previewing at this year’s London Horror Festival. The house of our ancestors crumbled to ash, and we were buried alive…
Six years is a long time to stay away. But when Anna receives a desperate cry for help, she can’t resist the call of her oldest friends – the dangerous, volatile twins Madeline and Roderick Usher.
The End of the Line is a re-imagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, 175 years since the story was first published. Gothic, haunting and often darkly comic, it updates the action to a damp bedsit in a bleak modern city and explores obsession, addiction and destiny. Gimcrack builds on the original text to give Madeline Usher a voice, holding Poe’s depiction of her up to the light and asking what it would be like to be a woman in his horrifying universe.
This is the debut show from Gimcrack, a new production company that combines the best elements of theatre, circus and cabaret, adding a little bit of unease and large amounts of weird. Gimcrack’s shows are focused on entertainment – though they sometimes can’t help sneaking in the political, the strange and the thought-provoking.
Gimcrack is led by Artistic Director Hannah Tottenham who, as her alter ego Rosie Kohl, is a regular on London’s cabaret scene, performing vaudevillian fusion belly dance at venues including Madame Jojo’s and the Royal Vaxhaull Tavern.
The London Horror Festival is an annual celebration of horror in the performing arts, bringing a vibrant programme of theatre, comedy, performance and spoken word to the Etcetera Theatre this Halloween (13-31 October 2014).
The End of the Line
Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU
24th to 26th October, 9.30pm
Running time: 1.15 hour
TICKETS: £8 – 10
BOX OFFICE: www.etceteratheatre.com, 02074824857
Monday 20th October 2014