This is an ambitious and exciting play, all the more so for being a Cambridge story, that although fictional, draws on real events and real people. It weaves together a number of significant themes – the devastation of the first world war, women’s suffrage, town v gown, spiritualism, the English Civil War, witch hunts, plague – around a ghost story with a whodunnit twist.
On a distant island a man waits.
Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
The Girl in the Glass
a Cambridge Ghost Story by Sean Lang