These Precious Hidden Things

Taking place in the dark and historic Old Police Cells Museum, These Precious Hidden Things is a cleverly written and produced piece by The Barefoot Players. There is an element of mystery from the start of the experience and we weren’t sure what to expect as we gathered in the foyer awaiting further instruction. Suddenly, the man who had greeted us launched into character, setting the scene for the world we were about to enter.

Certainly a unique experience and anyone with a love of horror, suspense and interactive shows would surely enjoy it.

It was just after the war and we were on a guest tour of Rosemount Prison, home to some of the most notorious criminals and murderers of the time. What followed was an hour of dark humour, chills, spooks and suspense.

The play centred around abstract concepts: revenge, control and joy with the main focus on the paranormal. The storylines of individual characters had been carefully written to result in a cohesive and creative storyline. Some points sent a shiver down your spine, causing everyone to look over their shoulder trying to spot the next ghost lurking in the shadows. Some parts made you squirm, as the talented actors described gruesome situations in painstaking detail. These intense moments were interspersed with more relaxed skits providing some comparatively light relief, but not compromising the tense atmosphere that had been carefully crafted. The suspense built throughout until the final scene when everything came together, tying up any loose ends and completing the storyline in a fittingly sinister twist.

The actors interacted with the audience, asking them to take nonverbal parts in some scenes and including them in their monologues. Whilst the people selected had no idea what was expected of them, they willingly participated, keen to reveal - and be a part of - the next section of the plot. The show lasted just over an hour, with monologues that were complex and long, so it’s commendable that with just a few stumbles the actors pulled off a nearly flawless performance.

These Precious Hidden Things is certainly a unique experience and anyone with a love of horror, suspense and interactive shows would surely enjoy it.

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Rosemount Prison, 1934. Vincent Devlin, the notorious Pearl Murderer, awaits trial for his brutal crimes. But the line between the living and the dead has always been blurred at Rosemount, and now something is seeping through. 'These Precious Hidden Things' is a new piece of devised theatre by Sussex-based company The Barefoot Players. Immerse yourself in the world of Rosemount and discover its secrets.

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