A Pint for the Ghost ***

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7 – 17 August 2010

Reviewed for the British Theatre Guide

Helen Mort’s cycle of ghost poems, inspired by the many ghosts of her native Yorkshire, is served well by the surroundings. In a candlelit nook deep in the gloomy warren of the Banshee Labyrinth pub, it’s easy to imagine the restless spirits of unfortunate caver Neil Moss, or Mort’s dad or her friend Justin, drifting through the walls to see who’s talking about them.

Mort’s no-frills delivery, on the other hand, contributes nothing to the atmosphere. This is definitely a recital, not a performance; and while the poems themselves are short and well-written and Mort is clearly attuned to the rhythm of the words, an extra touch of theatrical flair could make A Pint For The Ghost genuinely eerie.

Written by Helen Mort

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