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The Woman in Black playing at the Fortune Theatre in London is a classic gothic horror story.

Adapted from the book by Susan Hill, it invokes a spooky atmosphere with only two main characters and one other (guess). But you are led to believe the cast is augmented by a small dog, a horse, a cart and supporting cast using acting skill, a good sound system and a minimal but ingenious set. Despite having played for 21 years, the small theatre was full (I spotted Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys) adding the force of intimacy to the plot's crescendo.

For a millisecond I glimpsed the small dog out of the corner of my eye: suspension of disbelief or the power of imagination? Amazing what you can conceive when you release your mind from the chains of reality. Einstein said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."


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