Events, Productions

This Hallowe’en, let me read you a story

I’m doing a one-off, one-night-only candle-lit reading of William Hope Hodgson’s The Whistling Room in south London this Hallowe’en. Get your tickets here!

It’s on Thursday 30 October at The Selkirk, a nice roomy Tooting pub with real ale, Northern Line access and a nice spooky upstairs performance space. The same upstairs performance space, incidentally, where we staged the world premiere of Audience with the Ghost Finder last year.

Audience is based on William Hope Hodgson’s tales of Carnacki, the ghost finder. The Whistling Room is one of those. In fact, it’s the first one I ever came across, and a strong contender for my favourite of the nine (it’s got stiff competition in the form of The Hog).

So you can bet that I will spend this reading enthusiastically overplaying all my favourite bits and generally trying to make you, the audience, feel every bit of the ‘creep’ I felt on my first encounter with whatever the thing is that haunts Iastrae Castle. Or I would be overplaying if I wasn’t getting expert directorial assistance from Ellie Pitkin, she of Blackshaw Theatre, who also directed Audience.

That’s right! This won’t just be a bod in a room reading you a story. This is going to be theatre. Honestly, I thought the most I might get in terms of set dressing would be a big armchair (and as a lifelong fan of Masterpiece Monsterpiece Theatre, I would have been a-okay with that), but I got an email this week from Blackshaw’s costume designer asking for my measurements, and folks, I’m pretty sure that means I get a costume for this! And I have it on good authority there might be sound effects as well. Those of you of a sensitive disposition, consider yourselves warned.

As well as me, the night includes Fetch, a brand new spooky play by Duncan Gates. If you can’t make it to see me on the 30th, you can still make it to see Fetch on 31 October and 1 November. Duncan’s reading an MR James story after the play on the 31st, and there’s a party after the play on the 1st.

Here’s a short post by Ellie that tells you everything you need to know at a glance, without all the autobiographibabble.

Here’s where you buy tickets. You buy tickets now.


About M. J. Starling

Writer, and host of the Schenectady Six-Pack podcast. Gave William Hope Hodgson's ghost-finder, Carnacki, his stage debut.


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