THEATRE REVIEW: Only Act II could have pulled this off in just two days

Act II Theatre Company's Halloween Drama Workshop for seven to 13-year-olds, Danse Macabre.
Act II Theatre Company's Halloween Drama Workshop for seven to 13-year-olds, Danse Macabre.
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Danse Macabre, Act II Halloween Drama Workshop, South Holland Centre, Spalding

Take a group of youngsters on their half-term break from school and put them in the hands of the ever-inventive Act II Theatre Company.

What you get is Danse Macabre, a 25-minute Halloween romp which came to life in just two days, using kids who may or may not have acted before in their lives.

The plot centred on the most important night of the year for members of the Creepy Council, including Skull Duggery and The Skeleton.

However, a deadly plot was brewing to scupper the event in a way far more damaging than the previous year’s Halloween horror show when the gathering of ghosts and ghouls were treated to songs like “Puppy Love” by The Osmonds.

For long periods, it looked like Captain Bones’ seat on the Creepy Council was at risk due to his and accident-prone daughter Rattles’ disastrous handling of the Danse Macabre celebrations.

But in the end, Lord Rotten’s sabotage plot was unravelled in a way that a horde of discredited tabloid journalists would have been proud of.

As a drama which took just two sessions - totalling just 14 hours - to put together, Danse Macabre was a scary revelation.

Review by Winston Brown