On Tuesday 28th February, Restoration House played host to the Lower Sixth Drama and Theatre group from King’s Rochester as they performed an adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”.
Based on an original tale by Edgar Allen Poe, an unnamed narrator details his time spent in the “insufferable gloom” of a mansion house alongside his friend Roderick Usher and his sick sister Madeline.
Lit only by candlelight and scored by a lone pianist, the students performed using the unique theatre styles of Berkoff and Antonin Artaud, alongside tightly choreographed movement sequences inspired by the work of contemporary theatre companies Complicite and DV8.
The audience was led from room to room as the promenade performance unfolded, culminating under the stars in the courtyard to rapturous applause.
Head of Drama and Theatre at King’s Rochester, Steve Mount, praised his students: “by combining the dark energy and passion of Berkoff’s vision with the intense physical theatre techniques of the contemporary companies, our performers have truly put on a show to remember”.
Restoration House, a unique medieval mansion situated in the heart of historic Rochester, takes its name from the stay of King Charles II on the eve of the Restoration.