Haunted: Ghost Story Readings for Halloween
October 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£12
This Halloween at Dumfries Theatre Royal actors from Demi-paradise Productions will be giving live readings of ghostly tales by three of Scotland’s finest female writers – Muriel Spark, Kate Clanchy and Muriel Gray. ‘Haunted’ is a different kind of listening entertainment, ideal for curious adults and children over 11 who love fictional narratives exploring all aspects of the supernatural. Read under atmospheric lighting in the intimate setting of the Studio Theatre this event promises to be a fitting and distinctive way to spend the evening of 31st October.
Kate Clanchy is a rising literary star who first came to prominence as the winner of the 2009 BBC Short Story Award. The Wall, originally commissioned by English Heritage and inspired by a recent residency at Housesteads Roman Fort. A moving tale of family loss and redemption played out on modern day Hadrian’s Wall her compelling narrative is as satisfying and original as a ghost story can be.
Muriel Gray is a well known artist, writer and broadcaster. Her passion for horror and fantasy is lifelong and her novels The Trickster, Furnace and The Ancient are all supernatural thrillers. Our choice is her 2012 short story, Front Row Rider, which explores the psychic bonds between two strangers in contemporary London whose interaction will either save or destroy lives.
Muriel Spark (1918- 2006) Perhaps best known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie she was also a outstanding producer of short stories. To mark the 100th anniversary of her birth we’re thrilled to present a double bill of Muriel Spark’s supernatural short form fiction, The Executor and Another Pair of Hands. Both tales brilliantly display the writer’s mischievous and witty style, giving us a humorous look at human frailties in fulfilling promises and obligations to the deceased.
Readers Stephen Tomlin, the founder of demi-paradise, and Moniaive based Sue McCormick are both performers with extensive acting experience in all media.