Some ghost stories

Hello All,

Just wanted to let you know about some things I’ll be doing over the next few weeks, that may be of interest. Basically, this Autumn is all about ghost stories …

An Icy Man

Saturday 27th October 2012

This Saturday, I’ll be taking part in Furnace – a weekend of new work and work in progress at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I’ll be presenting a short extract from An Icy Man – new storytelling piece.

“On a winter’s night, a woman goes out walking in the snow and encounters a stranger in a frozen field. The next morning, she wakes up and finds that everything has changed …”

This is an original story, told around a 3D model. I’ll be performing on the stage of The Courtyard Theatre and the capacity is limited to fifteen people per showing.

I’d describe the piece as a contemporary ghost story and I think it’s really adults only, I’ll be performing twice – once at 8:15pm and again at 8:45pm and tickets will be available from the Playhouse Box Office on the night. Each showing will last for around 15 minutes.  There are lots of other things happening throughout the day and there’s more info about it all on the furnace section of the Playhouse website.

Shadows in the Ridge

Wednesday 31st October 2012

This Halloween between the trees, beside the fire, there is a tale to be heard. The shadows may be dancing but the warning is clear. A new mother is coming and so you’d best all behave …

All Hallow’s Eve will be marked with a one-off shadow-puppet storytelling musical event. Meet your guide on the Delph Lane entrance to Woodhouse Ridge on Wednesday 31st October at 8.30pm prompt. Late comers will be left behind …

This will be an interactive telling of an old Victorian children’s story – complete with live music and a roaring fire. All ages are welcome and the event is free of charge.

The Unquiet Dead

1st and 2nd of November 2012

I’ll be performing my show The Unquiet Dead, Upstairs at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds’ Millennium Square next Thursday and Friday (1st and 2nd of November). This is a collection of late Victorian and early Edwardian ghost stories, featuring such classics as Lost Hearts – M.R.James’s grisly account of black magic in the Midlands and The Shadow – Edith Nesbitt’s haunting saga of thwarted love.

I’ll also be singing some traditional English ghost ballads.

The show starts at 7:45pm and lasts for approximately 80 minutes.

Tickets are priced at £9/£7 concessions and can be booked online from The Carriageworks website at or by phone on (0113) 224 3801

I reckon these will all be fantastic, but then I am naturally somewhat biased. 🙂 Would be great to see you at some or all of them.

Big up,

Matthew x

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