21st. Century poe:
falling for the ushers
sat. october 10th. 7.30 pm, britannia panopticon,
113-117 trongate, glasgow, g1 5hd.
TICKETS £8 / £6 CONCESSION.
Scottish storyteller & playwright Marty Ross (BBC Radio horror; Doctor Who audio) drags The Fall Of The House Of Usher kicking & screaming into contemporary Glasgow – in one of Glasgow's most atmospheric locations, the world's oldest surviving music hall. What better show to get Glasgow in the mood for Halloween?
Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall Of The House Of Usher is long-established as a classic horror tale, but Marty Ross is a ‘modernist’ on the live storytelling scene, audaciously relocating the tale to his own era and his own Glaswegian 'back yard'. Thus, in his version, Falling For The Ushers, haunted twins Roderick and Madeline Usher have left behind the misty Gothic manor of the original story to become superstars of Glasgow's contemporary art world, thanks to their macabre conceptual installations in the manner of Damien Hirst and the Chapman Bros. But when Madeline’s old art school admirer Ed shows up, their tragic downfall is as inescapable as ever. And Marty Ross's unique performing style, combining evocative language with expressionistic mime and gesture, makes full-blown theatre out of the story as he embodies a whole cast list of larger than life characters.
21st CENTURY POE has already been a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and London Horror Festivals, as testified by the reviews below, but it has never enjoyed a more atmospheric location than the Victorian grandeur of Glasgow's – and the world's – oldest surviving music hall. This is sure to be one of the highlights of the run up to Glasgow's Halloween.
“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 Glasgow rhythm. An accomplished piece of work… a chilling conclusion.” – The Scotsman
“…What Marty Ross does with literature’s most mystical and macabre works is make them sing with new energy and beguile an audience all over again…. poetically re-worked ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ manages, in its modernisation, to preserve and revere the original, even intensifying its impact… a bewitchingly good story that leaves a haunting reminder long after the lights have gone down.” - 3 Weeks ****
“Insanely good storytelling… a master craftsman who never turns down the pressure… Ross’ violently impressive performance make this a heart-pounding triumph… Trainspotting meets gothic horror….” – Broadway Baby *****
“Visceral. A compelling narrator and onstage presence. … left you thinking as well as reeling… theatre that kept you on edge… an immensely entertaining ride that scared and shocked in equal measure – a fair ground ghost ride for the 21st Century….” – Fringe Review
Well established as a playwright, particularly with dark drama for BBC radio (Ghost Zone, Catch My Breath, Darker Side Of The Border, Rough Magick, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk, Moyamensing, The Dead Of Fenwick Moor), plus Doctor Who & award-nominated Dark Shadows audio drama, as well as Blood And Stone, nominated for a 2012 Rondo Award (horror fandom’s Oscars), Ross also regularly performs as a live storyteller throughout Scotland and England. Two plays of his have premiered at the last two Buxton Festivals – Redder Than Roses: A Glimpse Of Mary, Queen Of Scots & The Woman On The Bridge. A new play Crooker's Kingdom, has been commissioned by Cromford Mill for premiere this Halloween. Another audio drama, Romeo & Julian, has just been commissioned by Amazon Audible.
TICKETS £8 / £6 CONCESSION.