"When the music begins, I'll give you some spins..."
Evil haunts a school near Collinwood. A strange creature is attacking young girls, and the headmistress of Worthington Hall is forced to barricade her school against it.
But Miss Charity Trask has problems of her own. She fears she's not in her right mind. She's seeing ghostly visions, and soon a strange spirit possesses her. Should she go against her every instinct and trust the voice in her head? Especially when it tells her that the Poisoned Soul is a lot closer than she realises....
Nancy Barrett (Charity Trask), Roy Thinnes (Patrick Llewellyn)
Good story and fun moments where the characters seem to draw us into the narrative.
'I'm gonna dance for you, gonna dance your cares away...' - I can't get the darn thing out of my head.
This is my first real experience of Pansy Faye. At first, Charity's 'transformation/re-emergence' of Faye is pretty disturbing, and then THAT accent is revealed. It's a cracker, very OTT, and the way I can explain it is that it is, even within the context of the story, a broad cockney speaking through the mouth, or the presence, of an American. She's a deviously mischievous spirit, possibly dangerous, but a very appealingly playful spirit: grotesque and great fun.
Roy Thinnes as Llewellyn is comparatively straight-laced, stuffy even, which makes the revelation about him all the more satisfying, if not entirely unexpected. The apple of both women's eye, he is a model of sobriety, at least to begin with ...
Once more blurring the lines between dramatic reading and two-cast play, the presentation is brilliant here as always. Grandfather clocks ticking, crickets chirping, and the subtle use of atmospheric music, links with other audio stories (especially at the end) - all of these expand the listening experience of this very enjoyable tale. Let's have more from these two/three characters!