Dark Tales




A double bill of two ghost stories

The Signalman by Charles Dickens. Adapted for the stage by Matthew Harper

The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell

In this production, we aim to confront your expectations of theatre and create a spine-tingling, fear inducing experience where you aren’t just watching a piece of theatre, you are surrounded by it.  We are going to take these two traditional Victorian ghost stories and create an immersive performance that leaves you uncomfortable, exposed and terrified of ghosts invented long ago.

The Signalman, by Charles Dickens, follows a lonely signalman, who works and lives alone in the shadow of a great train tunnel. He is visited by a gentleman, a stranger, who finds the man fascinating, questioning how he can live his life happy and content in such a dark environment. The signalman shares that all was well, until he began to see and hear things that have him questioning whether he’s quite as alone as he believes.

The Old Nurse’s Story is a traditional Victorian Gothic tale told from the point of view of a young nursemaid, who goes to work in Furnivall Manor. She looks after a young orphan, living with her Great Aunt and a few servants. But the house is filled with secrets and as the young maid learns more of the sadness and fear that hides behind every portrait, she begins to realise that sometimes it’s the noblest of families who have the finest fall.

Signalman: Edward Meltzer
Gentleman: Matthew Sedman
Old Nurse: Kirsten Millar
Young Nurse: Jane Prinsley
James: Jonny Charlton
Dorothy: Marina Jodrell
Agnes: Philippa Iles
Driver: Mithiran Ravindran

Production Team
Director: Erica Belton
Assistant Director: Brett McCarthy Harrop
Producer: Georgie Rodgers
Production Designer: Caitlin Allen
Production Electrician: Robert Phipps
Theatrical Technician: Katherine Bull
Technical Designer: Rui Zhang

Banshee Labyrinth
7th, 8th, 9th and 10th November, with a preview performance on the 4th.



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