From The Archers to Love Island and the #MeToo movement, “gaslighting” has become part of our vocabulary. The term originated from the play Gaslight, Patrick Hamilton’s gripping thriller first performed in 1938. It was later turned into an Oscar-nominated film in 1944, starring Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury.
Gaslight opens with Jack Manningham slowly and deliberately driving his wife, Bella, insane. With bills going missing and paintings being removed, Jack has almost succeeded in his efforts. However, help arrives in the form of Rough, an ex-detective, who reveals to Bella the true identity of her husband and the depths of Jack’s depravity …
Although written over 80 years ago, the story of the Manninghams will resonate with today’s audiences, shining a spotlight on this kind of psychological abuse. Click here for tickets and further info.
Home-Start Shepway is advising the cast on domestic abuse issues and will have a stall at the theatre every evening.
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