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Predominantly set in a lonely house in a rural part of north-east England,
Dolly's House concerns a young wife (Georgia Nicholson), with a neglectful husband (Charles Craven), who decides
to uproot from her Newcastle home and eke out a life of self-sufficiency. The task is not easy; she has to
look after her son Tom (Rosie Cochrane), as well as contend with an over-amorous cleric (Patrick Quilliam). However
the family discover that the house is not what it seems; it is haunted by ghosts of the past, whose lives date back to the
With distinct echoes of Henry James' Turn of the Screw, Dolly's House
is an exciting listen; the ending of the story is satisfying - not only for its resolution of the ghost story, but also because
of the way it deals with the marriage issues. Infidelities are discovered; misdemeanours punished; and hopefully the family
can live happily ever after. The production was greatly enhanced with atmospheric music (by Catherine and Rosie Cochrane).
The director, as well as the writer, was Rachel Cochrane.