When I first read Haunting Julia I could not put it down. I have seen and directed plays by Alan Ayckbourn in the past but this one is very different. Yes there are comic moments but this play deals with more serious themes thand the usual thought=provoking comedy. There is grief after the loss of an only child and the tyranny of a great talent.
Twelve years ago Joe lost his only daughter Julia. An underlying theme is the burnen of creativity Julia, a gifted musician, used to say that music was like a great could in front of the sun blotting out her life. She felt isolated. Perhaps the play is obliquely autobiographical.
This is the background to an edge-of- your- seat-cliff-hanger. It is an emotional roller-coaster. But is the play a psychological thriller, a murden mystery or a ghost story. The play is beautifully balanced and crafted to creat maximum tension, building to a shattering climax.
This well-crafted production is being directed by Juliet Hartnett