One of the most rewarding parts of a live production is hearing the audience react, which happened frequently throughout the funniest parts of the play – be they from Wilde's dry wit distilled into jokes, or from the actors themselves presenting an amusing visual scenario.
As for the tale itself, it answers the old question of which is scarier: the haunting presence of a dead Englishman with a dark tale, or the ghastly arrival of American tourists to his once-sacred home? When Sir Simon meets teenager Virginia Otis (Katie Yeo) the pair are nothing but trouble for each other. As Virginia struggles to maintain a romance with a young duke, appease her parents, and avoid the antics of her two younger brothers – eager to gain fame and money from the haunting – she and Sir Simon are forced to reconsider their common interests.
The large, colourful cast was joined by a stereotypically stuffy butler (Tyron Davies-Sullivan), a wonderfully over-the-top housemaid (Charlotte Webb), and a handful of young friends for Virginia.
Mary Golds rounded things off with an unforgettable performance as the ridiculous love-to-hate Aunt Elizabeth. Also best not to forget director James Reynolds as the man behind the scenes.
Overall, I will definitely not make this my last experience of the Playgoers New Generation productions, and eagerly await whatever they have planned next.