If you love chills and thrills, you’ll have to check out the stage play, Ghost Stories. The two-time Olivier Award nominee is now here in Melbourne, after haunting the UK with its terrifying twists and turns. Brought to you by Realscape Productions, the same team behind the immersive Darkfield experiences, the nightmarish world of Ghost Stories is something you won’t forget anytime soon. See it, if you dare, at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from now until Saturday November 5.
Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, Ghost Stories is a fully sensory and electrifying experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Leading the show is playwright and actor Steve Rodgers (Savage River, Kenny) in the role of Professor Phillip Goodman. He’s joined on stage by Jay Laga’aia (Star Wars, Play School, Once), Darcy Brown (Peddling, Animal Farm) and Nick Simpson-Deeks (Winners and Losers, The Circuit, Falsettos).
“To immerse audiences in an emotional rollercoaster live on stage, you need an exceptionally talented cast,” said Amy Johnson, producer at Realscape Productions. “Steve, Jay, Darcy and Nick each bring an exciting depth to their roles that we cannot wait to see live on stage.”
Emotional rollercoaster is right. There are terrifying scares, yes, but there are also some funny moments that will help you relax and catch your breath, and poignant scenes that will give you pause. Each actor marvellously manoeuvres you through the story, and you’ll feel so captivated by their stage presence that you be able to look away.
While the plot is held behind a veil of secrecy to keep you feeling uncertain and unsettled, the play itself is quite technical. You’ll feel utterly immersed as you’ll see, hear and even smell things that are otherworldly. The show lasts for 90 minutes, with no interval, and audience members should be over the age of 15.
Tickets for Ghost Stories are on sale now. It’s playing at the Athenaeum Theatre from now until November 5. After that, it will move on to Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse from December 7 to 31.