Ernest and the Pale Moon 21st – 22nd May

Published On April 15, 2014 | By Jessica Cheetham | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

The Old Market
Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd May

Les Enfants Terribles are returning to The Old Market for the Brighton Fringe this year with a re-staging of their acclaimed Ernest and the Pale Moon in partnership with Bristol based company Pins and Needles Productions. Last year, Les Enfants Terribles production The Trench took The Old Market by storm, sweeping up fantastic reviews before embarking on a national tour.

Ernest and the Pale Moon is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock set within a highly visual performance style. The piece contains narrative twists and turns, live music, inventive design and physical storytelling to provide a thrilling and terrifying experience.

“The language oozes gruesome appeal and the mood is dark and unsettling, underpinned by passages of haunting live music.” The Scotsman

Ernest Hemel spends his days watching the beautiful young woman, Gwendoline who lives in the apartment opposite. Upon seeing her with another man he is thrown into a jealous rage and driven to murder, though all is not what it may at first seem and slowly Ernest’s guilt sends him on a spiralling descent into madness.

Ernest and the Pale Moon is written by Oliver Lansley, directed by James Seager and designed by Zoe Squire. The show previously toured in 2010, directed by Emma Earle and was nominated for a Total Theatre award. The Telegraph described Ernest and the Pale Moon as “gloriously gothic”. The Stage characterised it as a “highly atmospheric piece of gothic story-telling, channelling Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James, producing a compelling and macabre account of obsession, immurement and murder.

Ernest and the Pale Moon comes to Brighton Fringe as part of a national tour throughout 2014.

Check out the trailer below –

About The Writer

Jessica Cheetham is a freelance theatre producer based in Brighton. She works closely with a number of companies including Root Experience where she creates interactive theatre pieces alongside the Artistic Director Simon Magnus. Jessica also founded the award-winning Spun Glass Theatre in 2010.