Storyteller Cat Weatherill concludes Lancaster Litfest 2013

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The story goes that Bluebeard was a violent nobleman in the habit of murdering his wives.

Performance storyteller Cat Weatherill’s delivery of this classic gothic horror brought Lancaster Lifest 2013 to a close on Sunday night.

And it was easy to see why Cat – during a 15-year career which has seen her perform at every major literature festival in the UK – has become internationally-renowned for her art.

From the second she paced into The Storey auditorium humming a ghostly tune, we were powerless to resist her skilful delivery.

Drawn into the world of Bluebeard’s castle by Cat’s graphic storytelling, many of us jumped out of our seats at the moment a grisly discovery was made behind a locked door.

You could almost taste the foul stench of the corpses of three ex-wives hanging from meat hooks as Cat brought to life Bluebeard’s latest wife happening upon the hideous scene.

This was a magnificently dark and creepy rendering of a journey into obsession inspired by Charles Perrault’s French folktale.

I came away feeling I’d seen a master at work.

DEBBIE BUTLER