​edgar allan poe’s gothic horror gets a gay makeover in east london

The Tell Tale Heart has been adapted for the chemsex generation in a new show coming to the basement of The Glory, London’s most exciting new queer performance art space.

by Charlotte Gush
13 January 2016, 2:00pm

The Tell Tale Heart, a classic gothic horror short story by Edgar Allan Poe is set to get the East London treatment, receiving a 'crystal meth makeover' in the basement of The Glory pub and queer performance art space.

As i-D Culture Correspondent Princess Julia explains, the performance is, "A one role adaption starring Jonathan Wooster (aka Jonny Woo). A dark and gothic 'techno' tale ensues as Wooster wanders into the recesses of his mind and the wonderfully haphazard claustrophobic set created by Tony Hornecker".

Under director Giorgio Spiegelfeld, DJ Hannah Holland's score mixes with Hornecker's claustrophobic set and costume and art direction from Max Allen to create an intense translation of Poe's 19th century horror story to a contemporary tale of addiction amongst the darker elements of modern gay London.

"Paranoia and surveillance are the two central themes as they feed into each other," Princess Julia says of the dark tale, "The tension rises as we are left to wonder the foreboding outcome… Has a murder actually been committed or is it all in the imagination?".

The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by the East London Session Players, is at The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road, London, 25 Jan - 5 Feb.


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Stefano Venturi

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