Tag Archives: Blackshaw Theatre Company

CARNACKI Play Update!


We’ll be returning to more of our reprint of R. Alain Everts’ biographical article on WHH but we received word about the stage play based on Carnacki that recently premiered in London.

SONY DSCThis is from an email from creator M. J. Starling:

Thanks again for posting about Audience with the Ghost Finder. I thought you might be interested to know how the premiere went.
8
The premiere took place on 8 May. After three performances, tickets were selling so well that the producers, Blackshaw Theatre (www.blackshawonline.com) decided to add an extra performance to the original run of five. The sixth and final night, on 17 May, was completely sold out – standing room only.
8
Considering this was my first play, the reviews have been better than I could have hoped:
8
Lauren Mooney, A Younger Theatre: “having been raised on a diet of  ’70s sci-fi and TV repeats of The Devil Rides Out, I had a whale of a time” http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-london-pride-and-audience-with-the-ghost-finder/
*
Deborah Klayman, The Public Reviews: ★★★★ “brilliantly written … Alexander Pankhurst’s Carnacki is intriguing and terribly funny all at once” http://www.thepublicreviews.com/london-pride-audience-with-the-ghost-finder-the-selkirk-upstairs-london/
*
Helen Gush, stage2page: “Double Thumbs Up … the audience are an integral part of the superstitious geometric symmetry, forming a protective circle around the two actors … Alexander Pankhurst is an excellent fit for Carnacki – very British, clipped, poised but with an edge of eccentricity … fun mystery” http://stage2page.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/double-thumbs-up-for-blackshaws-double-bill/
8
Christianna Mason, What’s Peen Seen?: 4/5 “a great new play … highly recommended” http://whatspeenseen.co.uk/reviews/a-theatrical-double-bill-london-pride-audience-with-the-ghost-finder-review/
8
Not bad for Carnacki’s first time treading the boards! And nothing’s confirmed, so I can’t do much more than hint, but the show was well enough received that I’m now looking at ways to bring it to a wider audience.
8
There are loads of backstage and production photos on Blackshaw’s blog: www.blackshawonline.com/blog
8
Congratulations to everyone involved in the play.  Let’s hope that it becomes so successful that it eventually jumps the pond over here so that we Hodgson-deprived Americans can see it!
Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Carnacki, William Hope Hodgson

CARNACKI ON THE STAGE!


Yes!  Carnacki is heading for the stage!

carnacki play1

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.
u
“Here’s the official plot summary/blurb we’ve been using in programmes and event listings:
u
“‘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.'”
u
“Some useful facts and figures for anyone UK-based who wants to come see it:
y
“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
“Ticket Bookings: www.ticketweb.co.uk
“Press Bookings: bookings@blackshawonline.com
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.

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.

1 Comment

Filed under Carnacki, William Hope Hodgson