Ghost Stories (play)

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Ghost Stories
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Written by Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman
Date premiered 4 February 2010
Place premiered Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool
Original language English
Genre Horror

Ghost Stories is a play written by Jeremy Dyson (of The League Of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman (best known for his work with psychological illusionist Derren Brown). It premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in February 2010 before being transferred for a longer run at the Lyric Hammersmith in London. It then transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End where it played from June 2010 to July 2011.[1] The show re-opened at the Arts Theatre in February 2014 and is scheduled to be running until August 2014.[2]

The play is notable for running only 80 minutes (with no interval) and for its publicised warnings advising against anyone under the age of 15 attending. The marketing of the show outside the theatre is unusual in that there are no production photographs, just stills and video monitors showing the shocked reactions of audience members. An announcement at the end of the play asks the audience to "keep the secrets of Ghost Stories" so that new audiences do not have the experience spoiled with any prior information about the play.[3]

Plot[edit]

Reviews of the show have confined themselves to outlining the basic structure of the plot, which revolves around Dr Goodman, a Professor of Parapsychology (Andy Nyman) delivering a lecture on ghost stories.[4] In the lecture he discusses a website featuring ghostly pictures, scienceofghosts.com.[5] He has recorded interviews with 3 people who claim to have had a supernatural experience. Each story seems to hinge on guilty feelings.[6] As each interview is played back, the story is re-enacted on stage. The stories are recounted by a night watchman, a teen driver and a businessman awaiting his first child.[7] These stories are then drawn together at the end, with a twist, as the Professor becomes a participant rather than just a narrator.[3]

Creative Team[edit]

The creative team for the original run of the play were:

Cast

Professor Phillip Goodman Andy Nyman
Night Watchman David Cardy
Student Ryan Gage
Businessman Nicholas Burns[7]

Crew

Written by Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman
Directed by Jeremy Dyson, Sean Holmes & Andy Nyman
Designed by Jon Bausor
Lighting by James Farncombe
Sound by Nick Manning

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ghost Stories (Duke of York's Theatre)". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Ghost Stories Review". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b Spencer, Charles (2010-03-01). "Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith, review". The Daily Telegraph (London: Hollinger International). Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Lyn (2010-03-02). "Ghost Stories: Lyric Hammersmith, London". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ 'Phil'; 'Andrew' (2010-03-03). "Review - Ghost Stories, Lyric Hammersmith". West End Whingers. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Paul (2010-03-09). "Ghost Stories, Lyric Hammersmith, London". The Independent (London: Independent Print). Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Angela (2010-02-10). "Review: Ghost Stories at the Liverpool Playhouse". Click Liverpool (Liverpool: Mecury[sic]Press Agency). Retrieved 2010-09-03. 

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