HIGHTIDE ANNOUNCES TOUR FOR ‘MORE… GHOST STORIES BY CANDLELIGHT’

by | Jul 4, 2024 | Theatre

HighTide has announced tour dates for More…Ghost Stories by Candlelight. Following the sell-out success of their 2023 autumn tour of Ghost Stories by Candlelight, the East of England company brings together four new stories from playwrights in their home region to deliver this brand new, chilling production.

More…Ghost Stories by Candlelight is written by Tassa Deparis, James McDermott, Eloise Pennycott, and Aisha Zia. The creative team is completed by Olivier-nominated Emily Ling-Williams (Director), Anna Pool (Musical Director, Composer and Sound Designer), and Mona Camile (Designer).

The new production is in association with Eastern Angles, Harlow Playhouse, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Clare Slater, HighTide Artistic Director said today: “We were blown away by the popularity of last year’s tour so I’m delighted to offer audiences More…Ghost Stories by Candlelight. A whole new production celebrating four more fantastic playwrights from the East of England. Step into the shadowy corners of their imaginations and, this Hallowe’en, ask yourself “What am I haunted by?”

Jake Smith, Artistic Director of Eastern Angles said: “Eastern Angles are the regional touring theatre company for the East of England and are delighted to be producing in association with HighTide, More…Ghost Stories by Candlelight, written by an exciting group of East Anglian playwrights. Our region is steeped in folklore and mystery, offering a perfect landscape for horror. We can’t wait to join HighTide and help them to access and scare audiences across East Anglia and beyond on this tour.”

Writer Tassa Deparis said today: “I’ve loved the challenge of writing a contemporary ghost story; its’s been so interesting to discover the spectres that were hiding in the familiar landscape around where I live. I love the ghosts- they have nothing to lose and truly speak their mind. It’s been a lot of fun finding a ghostly performance language that suits them and their story”

Writer, Eloise Pennycott said today: “It’s been tremendous fun channelling October nights all through this spring, looking forward to the days when everything feels a bit spookier. With HighTide’s regional ethos for the East of England, I am loving the opportunity to explore my home territory on the page, especially in tandem with other writers from similar areas.”

Writer James McDermott said today: “As a Norfolk based writer, I’m thrilled and grateful to be working with leading East of England new writing company HighTide and look forward to sharing my Salthouse-set ghost story with audiences this Autumn”

Writer Aisha Zia said today: “Out of my comfort zone! Writing a Ghost Story comes with its challenges, mainly plot. If you want to spook people you have to know where to place the chills. It’s been an extraordinary exercise but one I’ve been supported through with excellent dramaturgy and a whole team of brilliant writers with their own juicey tales to tell.”

Taking inspiration from ghost stories of old, this contemporary production brings the genre right into the modern age, with settings that represent the writers’ own connections to the East of England, from urban Cambridge to the Essex salt-marsh; leafy Suffolk villages to the bracing North-Norfolk coast.

Returning to many venues from their 2023 tour, including Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, and The Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft which saw sold-out houses. The production will also play in characterful and atmospheric non-theatrical spaces like Colchester’s Layer Marney Towers and Old Divinity Hall in Cambridge.

The tour will culminate in a spooky run of shows at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Dates soon to be announced.

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