Yes! Carnacki is heading for the stage!
In an original story by playwright M. J. Starling, Carnacki takes to the stage for an all-new case of ghost-finding in LONDON! Here’s what Starling has to say about the project:
“The play is an original story devised by me, but features, Carnacki, Dodgson, the Water Circle, the Electric Pentacle, and lashings of abnatural theory and lore from both Hodgson and HP Lovecraft’s ‘Dreams in the Witch-House’. It’ll be staged in-the-round, and all the action takes place within a Water Circle (later with the Electric Pentacle overlaid).
“Alexander Pankhurst is playing Carnacki; Ceridwen Smith is playing Dodgson and two original characters, Mrs Judith Allenby and her cursed daughter Florence. It’s being produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company. Alex and Ceridwen have performed together in a Blackshaw production before: they were in the company’s adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s ‘Titus Groan’, he as Dr Alfred Prunesquallor, she as Lady Fuchsia Groan.
“Here’s the official plot summary/blurb we’ve been using in programmes and event listings:
“‘1912. To lift a cruel curse, ab-natural investigator Carnacki must tread the border between enlightenment and madness. Sherlock Holmes meets Ghostbusters in this original tale of William Hope Hodgson’s classic character, Carnacki the ghost finder.'”
“Some useful facts and figures for anyone UK-based who wants to come see it:
“Venue: The Selkirk Upstairs, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 0ES
“Date: May 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th and 17th
“Time: 7.00pm (doors), 7.30pm (start).
“Ticket Price: £10
Alex Pankhurst (Carnacki) being fitted for his costume. The other two in the photo are, on the left, Zara Mansouri, costume designer, and Michelle Bristow, costume assistant on the right.
I highly encourage everyone to check out this trailblazing production. If I were in England, I’d be there every night! Should any of the readers of this blog attend the performance, please add your comments and reviews.