People power drives tense ghost story

John Goodrum in Haunting Julia at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

John Goodrum in Haunting Julia at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

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HAUNTING Julia doesn’t fit the typical Alan Ayckbourn mould. It’s billed as a ghost story, and he usually explores the way people connect with each other, or fail to.

HAUNTING Julia doesn’t fit the typical Alan Ayckbourn mould. It’s billed as a ghost story, and he usually explores the way people connect with each other, or fail to.

But his own introduction to the play describes how he became more interested in the people than the haunting.

Tabs Productions bring this tense, intriguing piece of theatre to the Pomegranate this week; there’s spooky laughter and music, but mostly, in true Ayckbourn style, it’s about the people.

John Hester tugs any parent’s heartstrings as the desperate father of a girl genius still looking for answers twelve years after her untimely death.

Chris Sheridan contrasts crisply the girl’s logical, down-to-earth former boyfriend; his life has moved on, and he has no truck with weird happenings.

John Goodrum is Ken the self-styled psychic, an odd little man with an agenda of his own.

And then there’s Julia...

I’m giving nothing away – but it will make you question what you believe, and the shock ending is well worth waiting for.

It runs until Saturday, and the repertory season continues until March 10.