Published: 16:00, 19 November 2017 |
Updated: 16:52, 19 November 2017
Could you remove a person’s kidney in the dark?
That is the stark opening line of James Hyland’s stunning one-man show The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Sheppey Little Theatre, Saturday).
Immediately the audience was gripped. This award-winning actor never fails to amaze.
Instead, he switched instantly from straight-laced doctor to horribly hunch-backed Mr Hyde with just some menacing jerks.
The only help he had on stage was a wooden podium which doubled as a door or operating table.
The one-hour show is set during the final academy lecture of Dr Jekyll – interestingly pronounced “Jeekal” – as he insists all of us are made of good and evil and how he has devised a drug to release the hidden half.
The language was sometimes shocking but always mesmerising as he filled the auditorium with blood-curdling screams.
The voice of Hyde shares similarities with Gollum in Lord of the Rings or even a sip of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is an emotional roller-coaster which keeps the audience on the edge of its seats right up to, and including, the last line.
The only problem with the Sheppey performance was there were so few to enjoy it.
But Hyland will be back in Kent next month with two shows at the Marlowe Theatre Studio in Canterbury.
The first on Thursday December 7 is already sold out but there are still tickets (£13.75) for the second on Friday December 8.
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