"Small room with big scares"
by Ben Macnair for remotegoat on 26/05/14

'Don't go into the cellar' seem to be one of the busiest theatre companies in the West Midlands at the moment. Their quality shows featuring Victorian ghost and horror stories, Spring Heeled Jack, Sherlock Holmes and Oscar Wilde are regularly playing to appreciative audiences throughout the region. Their newest venture is 'Morbid Curiosities' a series of one events in the setting of the Shakespeare Memorial Room at the top of the Library of Birmingham. It is a room full of folios and dusty, but well maintained books, and darkness, so it is a fitting setting for story teller Jonathan Goodwin to unleash monsters and beasts from the storied and fevered imaginations of many of our most revered writers. The theme of tonight's smorgasbord of scares was 'Cosmic Horror' allowing for tales horror of truly other worldly happenings to be relived. The necessarily small but rapt audience were treated to tales by Houdini, Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle, all the stories building to a crescendo from Goodwin. The fact that it is still light at 9.30, when the show finished did not stop the stories from having their full effect, and this is a show that fans of quality entertainment, the weird and the macabre would do well to get along to see.

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