Thursday, 15 July 2010

Ghost Stories

Forget Paranormal Activity, Rec, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining and all the rest of 'em. This is the real deal and it all happens right before your eyes onstage in Andy Nyman's and Jeremy Dyson's wonderful production, Ghost Stories.
The play has been doing the rounds for a little while now but has enjoyed such (deserved) success that it has recently moved to the West End of London. We simply can't recommend this play enough - go see it while you still can!
Audiences are impored to keep the production's secrets to themselves and we have no intention of spoiling them for you here but we can tell you that the play takes the form of a lecture on supernatural phenomenon with a series of case studies being enacted. These case studies are the ghost stories referred to in the title. The stories are varied enough and inventive enough to make very distinct set-pieces anchored by some great performances from a small cast headed up by Mr. Nyman himself.
The show's creators are no strangers to the horror genre with Jeremy Dyson's work with The League of Gentlemen being a perfect showcase for his horror influences with homages to everything from Nosferatu to The Shining.  Nyman himself  is probably best known by horror fans from the much under-rated Severance as well as the loathsome television presenter who meets a rather sticky end in Charlie Brooker's excellent zombie satire, Dead Set. If you haven't seen it seek it out, it's a blast and Nyman steals the show. He is also something of a showman and having a solid history in trickery and mind-fuckery, having worked very closely with Derren Brown on his stage shows, expect a few surprises.

Mr. Nyman will also be in attendance at 2010's wonderful FrightFest beginning on 26th August. He will be hosting a horror quiz.
We will be entering. Fancy challenging us?

Read more about the Film 4 FrightFest here or more on Ghost Stories here.

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