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For Halloween, New Apollo, the city’s first fringe theatre company, provided a double bill of spooky plays that certainly had a local feel.

With Charles Dicken’s The Signalman and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Indian’s Hand there were high expectations to meet with the reowned authors literacy history in Portsmouth.

And the sell-out performance failed to disappoint.

The first half portrayed a signal box next to a train line perfectly, considering the constraints of a small pub. Peter McCrohon and Christopher Marlowe played off each as the signalman and the gentleman wonderfully.

The production had clearly been well thought out, with the mood gradually building with ear splitting train noises, and flashing lights under the seats as it crashed were inspiring.

The Indian’s Hand did the short story justice, although it didn’t have the same staying power as the first. Again, the acting ability shown through.

The ensemble were clearly enjoying themselves, and gave an excellent performance all round.

The audience was hooked, and you certainly left feeling the October chill in the air.

Until Monday at The Florence Arms, Southsea, and the Roebuck Restaurant, Wickham.