2:22 A GHOST STORY took us on an emotional aerobics class!
Written by Danny Roberts, winner of Best New Play at the Watson Stage Awards, this highly entertaining play (first performed Aug 21 at The Noel Coward Theatre) has two directors, Matthew Dunster a Theatre & film director & Isabel Marr a Theatre director, & it will have you screaming, literally! Oh & bruising the arm of your companion.
The show arrived in Belfast's Grand Opera House last night, we went along to see what it was all about!
There was already a frisson in the house before the curtain went up & when it went up, the whole audience screamed, great start. Danny Roberts the show writer also created the BBC Podcasts Uncanny & The Battersea Poltergeist, so we knew we were in for a treat, he knows what he's talking/writing about.
New mother Jenny is stressed & tired, due to lack of sleep among other things & when she & husband Sam invite Sam's old friend Lauren & boyfriend Ben to dinner, well Supernatural activity is the main course. To prove, or disprove Ghostly activity, the guests decide to stay until 2.22, the exact time Jenny says it takes place in her baby daughter's bedroom.
Charlene Boyd as Lauren, Nathaniel Curtis as Sam & Louisa Lytton as Jenny are all seasoned pros with both TV & Theatre experience, but the star of the show is undoubtedly Joe Absolom (he of Doc Martin fame) who plays boyfriend Ben. He is a delight to watch & his character starts off as a pop of fizz & grows into a bang & on that note the illusions are fabulous, appearing when least expected, they were provided by Chris Fisher who is a member of the Magic Circle & an international illusion & Magic Associate.
You really must see see this chilling piece to fully appreciate it.
The running time is two hours & as soon as you get to the end you will want to hit replay & watch it all over again, great entertainment.....& food for thought too.....