The latest from Alistair McDowall—whose sci-fi drama X was a thrill in Sloane Square and whose creepy Pomona has become as much a cult as Sarah Kane’s Blasted -- has been a long time coming, but should prove worth the wait. Director Vicky Featherstone has assembled a cracking cast --- Fisayo Akinade, Rakie Ayola, Tadhg Murphy and Ria Zmitrowicz—for story that begins in an asylum in 1863 where a nameless female amnesiac is selected to be a medium’s new assistant. What could possibly go wrong?
1863. An asylum. A woman locked in a windowless cell, with no memory as to who she is, or how she arrived there. When spiritualist medium Mrs Lyall requires a new assistant, this nameless woman seems the perfect candidate. But as the woman’s past begins to reveal itself, so do new powers neither are prepared for. “Matter may decay, but the spirit persists. The energy we exude remains.” The Glow was the 2018 Pinter Commission, an award given annually by Lady Antonia Fraser to support a new commission at the Royal Court Theatre.