The Lodger

Norwich Playhouse (Norfolk and Norwich Festival)

Norwich Playhouse (Norfolk and Norwich Festival)

The Goldilocks story with a nasty twist.

Hitchcock found this little horror tale of smoggy London so compelling that he made the film twice - once silent, once with words.

It's the earlier version that inspired Joby Talbot to create the chilling new score performed by the Matrix Ensemble at the Playhouse last night.

The music fitted the shape and rhythm of the original like a murderer's glove, weaving in and out of the narrative to raise the tension with a dissonant and long-held flutter in the strings, or to bring on the doom with low, plodding notes in the base.

Talbot had captured the art of climbing inside Hitchcock's mind and teasing us just as the master of suspense might have done: witholding the gun shot or the sound of a step to leave his audience constantly unsure, always guessing.

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Live music that made you hold your breath as if the end were not written in black and white right from the start.

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