Adam Robinson and Ben Styles

Ghost Story Evening Captures The Spirit

When chilling ghost stories come to a haunted venue, it adds to the whole occasion.

To many people, Shelley Theatre is recognised as a haunted theatre.

From animals, to people walking around the corridors, there have been many sightings and stories from the historic 19th century venue, on the clifftops in Boscombe. The theatre has also drawn the attention of spiritual mediums.

This makes The Book Of Darkness And Light the perfect setting for an evening of unsettling ghost stories.

Writer Adam Robinson and musician Ben Styles, are currently on a 23 venue tour. They come to Shelley Theatre on Thursday 2nd November.

Where did this storytelling experience start? Adam highlighted the origins as part of Light Night Leeds. Adam commented, “This annual arts and light festival provided us with the ideal backdrop. What started life as an idea to present ghost stories with one voice and one violin ended up as a theatre show that sold out lots of venues in Yorkshire. We could see this connecting with the audiences we performed to.”

“We decided to embark on a four month tour.”

From a regional presence to a national tour, producers LittleMighty helped bring the tour to fruition.

How is a national tour different from being part of an arts festival? Ben highlighted the importance of variety. Ben added, “We love playing venues of different sizes. The one thing that makes a significant difference is the intimacy of a building.”

“Coming to Shelley Theatre, we recognise this is the perfect venue to gauge interaction. As we continue the tour, there is something special about the relationship with an audience.”

Adam, as the storyteller, recognises the sense of anticipation from the audience. “The moments when senses are really heightened are the silences.”

“When there is just a sense of stillness. It creates a very dramatic experience.”

“Having a literary ghost story as our platform, we want the show to be creepy; we want it to be chilling.”

“We cannot wait to bring it to a theatre where there is already a haunted reputation. It is going to be a fun evening for everyone and who knows what lurks in the background!”

The Book Of Darkness And Light is Thursday 2nd November and to book your tickets just click here or call 01202 413 600

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