New Zealand Opera's The Turn of the Screw is a gripping and unsettling night at the theatre in the hands of Thomas de Mallet Burgess.

The director's penetrating programme essay on the Britten opera speaks of anxiety and the vexed issue of whether it is just a ghost story or, more disturbingly, an imagined Freudian scenario in the mind of a traumatised young heroine?

In 1982, the National Opera of New Zealand mounted this work in a traditional staging but now there are no balconies and staircases. The cat-and-mouse intrigues of its Victorian characters are claustrophobically contained within Tracy Grant