Friday, 9 August 2013

21st Century Poe Scotsman review

And here's my review by Claire Smith in the Scotsman...

Scottish playwright and storyteller Marty Ross has rewritten three of Edgar Allan Poe’s supernatural short stories, relocating them to contemporary Scotland.

In the one I saw, The Fall of the House of Usher has been re-imagined as a fable set in the world of contemporary art.

Thus Roderick and Madeleine Usher become a brother and sister pair of conceptual artists, of the shark-in-formaldehyde school, and the Usher mansion is a fabulous, ultra-modern duplex on the banks of the Clyde.

Ross has a great aptitude for suspense and terror, and he hurls himself into his tale with energy and passion, in words which ring with the native Glasgow rhythm.

Sometimes the intensity is a bit too much, but this is an accomplished piece of work which builds towards a chilling conclusion.

Lovers of Poe may also want to seek out Ross’s other two adaptations – The Tell-Tale Heart, reset among drug dealers on a Glasgow scheme, and Ligeia, relocated to the Glasgow punk scene.

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