Search

Review: Queen’s Theatre’s adaptation of Haunting Julia is both moving and memorable

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 November 2018

Clive Llewellyn, Sam Cox and Matthew Spencer in Haunting Julia. Picture: Mark Sepple

Clive Llewellyn, Sam Cox and Matthew Spencer in Haunting Julia. Picture: Mark Sepple

Mark Sepple

When I think of a ghost story, I picture myself scared and jumping out of my skin as someone creeps up behind me out of nowhere.

But the chilling production of Haunting Julia at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, is both spooky and moving.

The adaptation of the classic 90s play written by Alan Ayckbourn, tells the story of Julia Lukin, a 19-year-old musical prodigy – nicknamed Little Miss Mozart – who started composing symphonies at eight.

But everything stopped as her body was found in a dingy attic.

Twelve years on and her father Joe – actor Sam Cox – has never come to terms with her suicide but is hoping to get more answers from psychic Ken Chase, played by Clive Llewellyn, and Julia’s boyfriend Andy, now in his 30s, played by Matthew Spencer.

The entire play takes place in the Julia Lukin Music Centre, an uneasy mixture between a public music facility and a shrine from Joe to his deceased daughter.

Mr Cox’s character Joe is strong but still troubled more than a decade after his daughter’s death.

Sam makes the audience feel his ongoing pain and hugely sympathise with the fact his character cannot move on while the frustration and disbelief radiating from Andy - played by Matthew - can be felt throughout the Hornchurch venue.

His touching performance as he describes the moment he found Julia dead to her dad is very emotional and one of the most captivating scenes in the play.

Although not as emotional as the other actors, Clive’s character Ken bring some much needed light-hearted relief to Haunting Julia which makes for a great contrast to the rest of the play.

Haunting Julia is a thought-provoking production that showcases how people cope with grief differently.

Despite there not being as many scary or jumpy moments in the play as I originally anticipated, the production is touching and memorable to say the least.

Haunting Julia is being performed at the Queen’s Theatre until Saturday, November 17.

Ticket prices start at £19.

For more information about the show, visit queens-theatre.co.uk

Latest Romford News Stories

50 minutes ago

December 1 is Small Business Saturday. As part of a series looking at what our independent shopping parades have to offer, reporter Hayley Anderson finds out why you should hit the high street and shop local this Christmas.

Yesterday, 17:20

McDonalds Romford has donated £4,000 to the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch for improvements including a new rehearsal studio, bar and for new equipment.

Yesterday, 15:01

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum it’s almost panto time at the Queen’s Theatre!

Yesterday, 13:47

A 36-year-old man has been jailed for two years for pretending to be a girl and inciting a boy into sexual activity.

Yesterday, 13:02

A car overturned last night when the driver crashed with a parked van.

Yesterday, 12:59

Havering Council rewarded its dinner ladies who have been cooking school meals for nearly 400 years between them and have served up more than 23 million meals to schoolchildren.

Yesterday, 10:35

Scouts from across the borough were recognised last week for all of their hard work and presented with the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now