Review: There's A Ghost In My House at Werks Central

The Fringe is best known for its comedy, but this was a real theatrical gem.

Review: There's A Ghost In My House at Werks Central

Entering Sweet Werks on Middle Street, just down from the Hippodrome, I was a little apprehensive. The booking had all been done weeks ago—I knew it was a Fringe show but I had it in the back of my head it wasn't just going to be a comedy. We've established previously that the street is haunted by the ghosts of venues past, and here we were, about to experience a more literal haunting.

We entered in medias res, with Sam (Emily Carding) in the process of editing some ghosthunting footage—her screen is tilted away but her desktop is mirrored on a television facing the audience. It's an effective gimmick; it allows you to see things she sometimes can't. She recieves an email from the new commissioning editor about the suitability of the ghost-hunting show she's been given, and her night spins out of control from there, taking a decidedly supernatural direction. Carding's performance is heightened, but appropriately so. If I had to level a criticism, it would be that certain dramatic developments felt a little sudden, without sufficient buildup to justify them, but I suspect that's chiefly an consequence of the short run-time.

It felt like an audio drama: perhaps a Radio 4 play—particularly the extremely effective layering of sound to create stress—and, indeed, it seems the production company is chiefly concerned with audio releases. That's not to say the visual elements aren't significant too—from the set dressing to the spam calls Sam recieves, it all plays in to the story somehow, leading to several very effective reveals about the significance of things that are set up early on. For an hour-long show the attention to detail is remarkable. The Fringe is best known for its comedy, but this was a real theatrical gem.

There's A Ghost In My House runs from 28th of May to the 3rd of June at Sweet Werks. To book tickets, visit https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/theres-a-ghost-in-my-house-153711/