REVIEW: Haunted, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

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SINK into the mind – and conscience – of a double murderer at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, this week, where Ron Aldridge’s new play, Haunted, is being staged until Saturday (May 19).

It was billed as an erotic thriller, and they weren’t kidding! It was so raunchy, I was going quite red sitting on my own.

But it was very funny, too, with the saucy action fitting naturally into the plot and played out convincingly by the four-strong cast.

Joanne Heywood and Nick Ricketts may have been playing spectres but there was nothing thin and wispy about their performances – in fact Joanne was the most solid of the lot, as wronged wife Susan Pengelly, determined to get revenge on her murderer husband Paul (Peter Amory).

The action is continuous and takes place in the bedroom of Paul’s lover, Melanie (Nicola Weeks), so there are no set changes and no time difference to come to terms with.

It all flows well and has everything from belly laughs to true terror, with a bit of psychological drama thrown in.

This is something quite different, so go with an open mind and be prepared for a rollercoaster journey as the play gets darker and more tense as it heads to its conclusion.

Haunted is being performed daily at 7.30pm with matinées today (Wednesday, May 16) at 2pm and Saturday (May 19) at 2.30pm.

Elaine Hammond