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21st. Century Poe: Heart Shaped Hole
The Bungo
Glasgow United Kingdom
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21st. Century Poe: Heart Shaped Hole
Scottish storyteller & playwright Marty Ross (BBC Radio horror; Doctor Who audio) drags The Tell Tale Heart pulsing and throbbing into the modern world, in a show already a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - which he now brings home to his own neck of the woods, as part of Glasgow's 2015 Southside Fringe!

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell Tale Heart is long-established as a classic horror tale, but Marty Ross is a 'modernist' on the live storytelling scene, keen to rescue this resurgent form from backward looking quaintness. Thus, in his version, Heart Shaped Hole, our anti-hero is Stanley, a junkie on the make on Glasgow's Southside, out to murder his connection, the grotesque Doctor Ogle, and make his fortune in the drugs trade. 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.

HEART SHAPED HOLE has already been a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and London Horror Festivals, as testified by the reviews it received:

"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 *****

"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 a bewitchingly good story that leaves a haunting reminder long after the lights have gone down." - 3 Weeks ****

"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."  The Scotsman

"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; another Poe show, Moyamensing, is to be BBC Radio Scotland's big Halloween show this year, with another new play, The Dead Of Fenwick Moor, to be broadcast in the new year), 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, particularly in Scotland, his native country, and in the East Midlands, where he currently lives, this year having already seen him perform The Blackwater Bride in Nottingham and Derbyshire, and 21st Century Poe: Moyamensing at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Two plays of his have been commissioned for the last two Buxton Festivals  Redder Than Roses: A Glimpse Of Mary, Queen Of Scots & The Woman On The Bridge.


The Bungo (View)
17 Nithsdale Road
Glasgow G41 2AL
United Kingdom

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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 18
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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