15th June 2014
Jeremy Dyson: Writer, Co-Director
Andy Nyman: Writer, Co-Director
Sean Holmes: Co- Director
Jon Bausor: Designer
James Farmcombe: Lighting Designer
Nick Manning: Sound Designer
Scott Penrose: Special Effects
Guy Jones: Associate Lighting Designer
Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories has received some pretty impressive acclaim, so much so that the performance dates have been extended due to popular demand. So with this in mind it was time to get a theatre fix quite unlike anything I’ve seen done before.
Upon entering the sewer decorated venue, with taped off sections and the sound of dripping water, the uneasy feeling of the interior certainly set the tone for this explosive on stage horror ride.
The opening section felt more like sitting in a University lecture as the shows protagonist, Professor Phillip Goodman, poses the question of why humanity is compelled by that which he fears. His dialogue unfolds with a description of his career as a paranormal Psychologist and how his encounters with the percipients of paranormal experiences can often be distilled into rational explanations.
The narrative shifts between three different stories throughout his career that have proven to be the more difficult cases that have been brought before him. From here the play enters into the three seemingly unconnected stories that resolve around a cynical night watchman of a building site, a student whose celebrations lead to an unlikely destination and a business man whose wife is at hospital expecting their first baby.
Within each story, the revolving stage sets the tone with some impressive backdrops as the audience delves into the retelling of these supernatural experiences. What follows is a jaw dropping semblance of drama, suspense and ultimately an edge of your seat experience which had members of the audience screaming in fear along the way.
As each story reaches its dramatic closure we are re presented with Professor Goodman’s analysis of these stories as he presents an array of possibilities that could provide a resolution. However, the theme of fear and that these experiences may in fact be genuine never quite leaves the enraptured audience as the contention between reality and paranormal become increasingly blurred.
The amount of unexpected twists and turns within the plot and the way that your senses were manipulated into a false sense of security were just some of the many devices that worked so well at keeping the audience captivated at every turn. However, the overall conclusion to these three stories and the final scene itself seemed to catch everyone off guard as one final dose of horror tore its way onto the stage.
This was a great performance that was written, acted and choreographed so well that it is an essential experience for horror fans, and non horror fans alike. Full of intensity, atmosphere and depth it is one of those unforgettable moments of on-stage acting that will keep you thinking for a long time afterwards and make you sleep with lights on.
Tue – Fri 8pm
Sat 5pm & 8pm
Sun 4pm & 7pm
Tue – Thu & Sun: £39.50, £35, £25
Fri & Sat: £45.00, £39, £25
Day seats available from 10am on day of performance at £20 per ticket.
BEING SCARED HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN !