Tell-tale Heart

A short adaptation of the Edgar Allen Poe tale

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One of six short plays in the Raven about Poe collection.  “The tell-tale heart” is a play based on the short story by American writer Edgar Allen Poe. It is relayed by a young man called Wilson who endeavours to convince the audience of his sanity whilst simultaneously describing a murder he committed. His victim was an old man with a filmy ‘vulture eye’, as he calls it. Wilson emphasises the careful calculation of the murder, re-enacting it throughout the play, before hiding the body under the floorboards. Ultimately, Wilson’s feelings of guilt, or mental disturbance, result in him hearing a thumping sound, which he interprets as the dead man’s beating heart.

Cast: 5 actors with 5 either M or F. Run-time : approx 14 minutes.

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