GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS 2015
Mention the words “A Ghost Story for Christmas” and many minds will turn to the classic BBC M.R James adaptations produced by Lawrence Gordon Clark in the 1970s, or perhaps the more recent production of “The Tractate Middoth” directed and written for the screen by Mark Gatiss. However the practice of gathering around the fire at Christmastime to tell ghost stories was a popular tradition long before James put pen to paper.
Since 2013 Blind Piper Productions have been quietly reviving this tradition in Brighton, raising funds and awareness for local charities whilst terrorising their audience with stories by Bram Stoker, E.F. Benson, Charles Dickens and, naturally, M.R. James. For their latest production Blind Piper have joined forces with Power Up Productions, an independent media company based in the South East, in order to deliver a night of sinister seasonal fare that remoulds this age old tradition for the 21st Century.
Ghost Stories for Christmas will be performed for one night only on Saturday December 12th at Copperdollar Studios in Brighton. Tickets are priced at just £10 (plus booking fee), which includes prize draw entry including prizes from Spectral Press, a glass of mulled wine and a fresh mince pie made by Brighton baking school “Anna’s Kitchen”.
Co-Producer and performer Craig Johnson says:
“The inspiration for this project came from the BBC Christmas ghost stories that used to be on television when I was a child. I remember seeing “The Signalman” when I was very small and it left a very long lasting impression on me – there is still a scene that I find difficult to watch even all these years later. For the past shows we have relied solely on the art of storytelling and have really been playing with a sense of history and nostalgia, culminating in our performance last year at Brighton Royal Pavilion. For this year’s production we wanted to take the show in a different direction and combine storytelling with more theatrical elements, looking at lighting and sound in different ways, as well as playing with the concept of the narrator as a ghost.”
Co-Producer Tug Phipps is equally as passionate about the project:
“This is my first year working with Craig on Ghost Stories for Christmas, and I’m genuinely excited to be a part of the project, and for a great cause. My background is in TV & Film, but I’ve also worked on a lot of live events – and we’re going to integrate some of those elements to compliment the stories and make the night a really memorable experience.”
For this year’s show, Craig is joined on stage by actor Mary Rose, who has just completed a critically acclaimed run of her one woman show “12.10.15” at the Edinburgh Fringe following a highly successful UK tour.
For further information and to book tickets visit www.ghoststoriesforchristmas.com