Writers: Lucy Rivers &Hannah McPake
Music: Lucy Rivers
Director: Adele Thomas
Reviewer: Jacqui Onions
In The Forsythe Sisters, Gagglebabble invite you to attend an evening of mediumship at your local village hall. What follows is a random concoction of village characters, local myths, psychic demonstrations, live music and even a mini love story all bewilderingly but enjoyably rolled into the space of an hour.
The action is a little slow to begin with and for no real reason has the audience participating in a sing song, but the pace builds nicely through the piece to a surprising climax. The story by Hannah McPake and Lucy Rivers, although meandering at times, holds together and keeps the audience gripped throughout as well as throwing in a smattering of spooky happenings and jump out of your skin moments just to be sure.
The space is used creatively and to great effect under the direction of Adele Thomas, with the action taking place all over the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, inside and out, just as it would if you were attending an event at a village hall. It is almost site specific in that the Norwegian Church itself makes up the majority of the set. There are unfortunately occasional lapses in attention to detail – a string showing here, a battery showing there – which break the fantasy and let down the realisation of some well imagined effects.
The strength of this show is the original live music, written by Rivers, and the hugely talented cast. Rivers and McPake play the Forsythe Sisters themselves and demonstrate that they are incredibly talented actors, singers and musicians on top of writing the piece.
It may not be perfect and it may leave some wondering what has just happened to them but if you are partial to things that go bump in the night then The Forsythe Sisters is worth a visit.
Runs until 14th February 2015 | Photo: Kirsten McTernan