Halloween maybe over but there are still spooky shenanigans to enjoy at Brighton’s Emporium theatre over the next few nights. “UNWHOLESOME THINGS” an immersive re-telling of two Edwardian ghost stories with a contemporary twist is on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November at 8pm.
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‘Pleasingly atmospheric’ rehearsed readings of two eerie tales from the pen of celebrated master of the Edwardian short story, William Wymark Jacobs.
Two cautionary supernatural ‘curtain raisers’ which promise to delight and enthrall:
The Monkey’s Paw – Jacobs’ signature classic which still, after a hundred years, retains moments of genuine terror.
The Ghost of Jerry Bundler – a charming tale of unease (adapted from Jacob’s original story) that enjoyed its first stage appearance in 1899.
At the turn of the Twentieth Century, curtain raisers were performed in theatres as a somewhat mundane first course, or prelude to the main event. These neatly compact vignettes were designed to whet the appetite before the more substantial theatrical fayre was served up.
However, with the first performance of Jacob’s The Monkey’s Paw in October 1902 everything changed. The curtain raiser was now arresting and appealing, indeed terrifying, in itself. Audiences began to flock and enjoy this particular curtain raiser, frequently leaving before the principal drama.
The cult of ‘The Paw’ had begun.
In the years since it has enjoyed countless re-imaginings including a Hitchcock rewrite for TV and, most notably of all, the creation of a (now lost) film in 1933 which was directed by Merian C. Cooper in the very same year as his iconic original King Kong, a landmark in the cinema of Horror.
Whilst carefully handling these period plays with due respect (as one might clutch a precious jewel or family heirloom) Strange Beast relish the opportunity to carefully set them in an exciting contemporary frame, introducing an immersive audio soundscape and intriguing visuals specially constructed for the event. Like a Film Archivist restoring precious, faded footage to its original brilliant colour, Strange Beast re-discover these peculiar plays of unease in an imaginative and distinctly memorable way.
The night includes a special contribution has been recorded for the event by the wondrous Fenella Fielding.
Strange Beast last appeared in Brighton with a successful string of installatory performances at the Booth Museum of Natural History (And No Birds Sing – Brighton Fringe 2012).
“Strange Beast.. send shivers down my spine… they are ones to look out for.” – What’s on the Fringe
88 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JF
Last night myself and my companions ventured along to Emporium theatre’s horror-themed extravaganza Emporiumacabre – an evening of terrifying short plays designed to amuse, shock and disturb in equal measure. Although not wishing to give away any of the stories or surprises, I would happily recommend Emporiumacabre to anyone wanting a fun evening that takes you out of your comfort zone and into the twilight zone! There are good performances from a talented cast, some excellent staging and sets and one of the creepiest atmosphere’s I’ve ever experienced in a theatre environment. To say more would be giving away too much so book your tickets now while there are still a few performances left to run…
And don’t forget, if you’re a fan of classic horror, monster movies and cult scary television shows, the new retro horror magazine Space Monsters is now on sale in the Emporium cafe all day and every day! Why not buy issues one and two in the Emporium’s special “two mags for a tenner” offer?
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Emporium Repertory Company present:
Following in the tradition of the notorious Grand Guignol Emporium’s resident repertory company present a theatrical anthology of things that go bump in the night and lurk under beds to set your pulse, and imagination, racing.
From Primitive Man, trembling at the howls of the wind through the schlock campery of Hammer Horror to the surgical realism of today’s gore classics our fears have always repulsed, yet fascinated, us.
Dare you take the plunge and test your mettle on this cosy night of horror? Go on… after all, what’s the worst that could happen?
But be warned: there will be no escape, no mercy… and no refunds!
Brighton’s newest theatre and entertainment venue the Emporium on London Road is getting ready to Frighten Brighton this Halloween season with their spooktacularly scary show Emporiumacabre running from Tuesday 22nd October right through to Saturday November 16th! Not only that, but Emporium are now selling the popular retro horror movie magazine Space Monsters for only £5.00 – including the almost sold-out issue one! Issue two features local horror personalities Billy Chainsaw (artist and journalist) and Emily Booth (the UK’s leading scream queen and presenter on the Horror Channel) – so grab your copies while you still can!
You can buy tickets for Emporiumacabre from The Little Box Office but we’d advise you to hurry as this eerie event is bound to sell out fast!
You can find Emporium at 88 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF – they are open all day for teas, coffee, cakes and amazing food in their cafe and you will also find a bar, exhibitions, entertainment and of course the theatre itself. Fun for all the family!