The Pit & The Pendulum - Omnibus Theatre

London theatre news: Monday 8 October 2018

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Edgar Allan Poe's tale of political imprisonment and sensory deprivation is re-imagined by Creation Theatre Company using innovative audio-visual design and wireless headphones - due at Omnibus Theatre from 6 November.
The Pit & The Pendulum at Omnibus Theatre

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Adapted and directed by Christopher York, Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale gets an immersive re-imagining which employs innovative audio-visual design and wireless headphones to explore sensory deprivation and isolation in a near pitch black room.

The Pit & The Pendulum will be at Omnibus Theatre from 6 to 24 November 2018.

This contemporary adaptation draws inspiration from current stories from the Middle East and combines politics, feminism and claustrophobia.

Speaking about his production, director Christopher York, said ...

"Horror is always more harrowing when it pries on an audience's prejudices, their fears and paternal instincts.

So many of our greatest modern heroines, especially in cinema, have come from the horror genre.

By setting the action in the Middle East, I hope to challenge the archetypes and assumptions we have of cultures.

What if then, we could make an audience question every perceived notion they ever had about, what is, unequivocally, a beautiful part of the world.

This play will scare people, but I think fundamentally, it is a play about love."

Mr York is a member of The Faction and a recipient of the High Tide First Commissions Award as well as being shortlisted for the Old Vic 12.

His play Build A Rocket premiered this summer at The Stephen Joseph Theatre, before a run at Edinburgh Fringe and The Pleasance.

Another of his plays, 212, is currently in development after featuring at both The Bunker and Theatre Deli in 2017.

His short plays Jimbob, Seven People, A Million Little Hands and Jesus is a Rochdale Girl have been performed at venues such as the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and the Arts Theatre.

He is a graduate of The University of York and trained at Mountview Academy.

Show listing information


A political prisoner wakes in a pitch-black cell, unable to see what terror hides in the darkness.

As tension and fear escalate, the chances of survival grow slim.

Performed by just one actor with innovative binaural sound design, comes this new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale from award-winning Creation Theatre Company.

An exploration of sensory deprivation and isolation in a near pitch black room this promises to be a fully immersive experience like no other, using AV projection and wireless headphones.


Afsaneh Dehrouyeh


Author: Adapted by Christopher York from the story by Edgar Allan Poe
Director: Christopher York
Sound: Matt Eaton
Visual effects: Eva Auster (AV design)
Video designer: Eva Auster
Dramaturg: Afsaneh Dehrouyeh
Production: Creation Theatre Company


Omnibus Theatre
1 Northside (The Old Library)
Clapham Common


From: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Closed: Saturday 24 November 2018


Standard: £15

Concessions: £12


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