License To Thrill theatre company’s upcoming production of FEAR is a contemporary version of the traditional French theatrical practice Grand Guignol – a genre that walks a fine line between horror and comedy. “Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment,” says Wikipedia. Ooer.
“Do you want something different and would like to be challenged as a spectator? Then look no further, you will be challenged when you face FEAR,” say License to Thrill.
“In its hey day, management and actors at Theatre du Grand Guignol, Paris, would often judge the success of a show each night by how many people fainted in the audience, the record being fourteen. Something we hope no one does with this production… but then again, you never know.”
Coming with a warning that the show is for adults only, FEAR comprises four short plays on the theme, and strong language and scenes of graphic violence await. “If you are easily shocked or offended then this production is not for you. Also no ticket refunds for any vomiting, faintings or crying,” is the disclaimer.
Behind the show is writer/director Les Williams, youth theatre director at LIPA on its 4:19 programme. It was whilst training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the 90s that he was first introduced to Grand Guignol, and has since had a distinct interest in the genre.
FEAR is the sophomore production for Licence to Thrill, whose first show was Dead Funny by Terry Johnson. The company is made up of local actors including university drama students, LIPA acting degree graduates and current students from the LIPA 4:19 advanced drama company.
Catch the show at the Liverpool Actors Studio on Saturday October 19 at 2.30pm or 7.30pm, if you dare, etc, etc. For tickets call the hotline 0151 709 9034 or visit the website.