Review: The Devil At Midnight at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre

Andrew Paul and Corrinne Wicks in The Devil At Midnight

Andrew Paul and Corrinne Wicks in The Devil At Midnight

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Child abuse, betrayal and death - chances are you won’t be sleeping too easily in your bed after watching The Devil At Midnight.

These dark undercurrents ebb and flow through the latter half of this week’s production at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre. leaving viewers wondering if all they heard is the gospel truth.

Without giving away the storyline too much, The Devil At Midnight focuses on a psychoanalyst, played by ex Emmerdale actress Corrinne Wicks, and her parliamentary hopeful husband, played by Andrew Paul from The Bill. A mysterious patient enters their home and her nightmarish tale rocks their relationship to its foundations.

This is a play which starts off as a slow-burner but bubbles away nicely as it approaches the interval. Much of the excitement comes in the second half as secrets from years gone by come tumbling out. As the plot twists and turns, the victim becomes tormentor and the trusting become distrustful.

Gripping stuff from quality players including Charlotte Chinn as the young patient and Chris Sheridan as her mute but menacing brother.

Just one minor gripe about the opening performance last night - a key answerphone message was a touch too quiet to be picked up in its entirety.

However, if the sound of this thriller appeals to you, there is still time to catch it at the Pomegranate until Saturday, May 24.

Hope you don’t have nightmares....

GAY BOLTON