Friday, 28 October 2011

RECENTLY- Ghost Stories

It's after Halloween and time for ghost stories. A performance based on the chilling English stories of M. R. James. Spooky stories for the darker time of year, to give you something to shiver about other than the weather! You can find out more about M. R. James on previous postings on this blog.

The stories begin prosaically enough with a slow build up of details which gradually become sinister and warn the listener that something nasty is about to happen. Then suddenly, it happens. There is a frisson of fear for an instant and then the loose ends are neatly tied up.

The beauty of most ghost stories is that they are not frightening in the way our real world can be, but in a more primitive way that reminds us of the game of saying 'Boo!' when we were very young. The unease is pleasurable rather than frightening.

For adults (and 15 +).