This year's festival is hosting a show that delves into the haunted history of The Old Red Lion, LAST ORDERS, the show is about a group of film makers that go into the pub to investigate if it's haunted, to spend the night there filming stuff - a great concept! The pub that has been in existence for some 600 years - of course with such a wealth of history (Oscar Wilde is said to have done some of his scribblings here) there are perhaps bound to be a couple of creepy stories.
We have one of our own...from our visit to the festival. We performed the 3pm matinee show on Saturday 4th November.
During the show as a cast we became aware of a racket coming from upstairs, it sounded like barrels or metal items being dragged across the floor, along with various other bangs and crashes - it was distracting to us but we soldiered on as it didn't bother the audience at all. The show rocked the house, went down a storm with the sold out audience. Mission accomplished.
'Oh God, he's back.' She said, and she didn't mean the tenant, informing us that the pub was genuinely haunted. She then got on the phone to her boyfriend saying there was no way she was going to be locking up alone tonight...
I think our ghostly sound design woke something. Whatever it was didn't come with us, it's still in The Old Red Lion!
We'd already had a slightly spooky experience a couple of nights before, on Halloween. Well myself and Peter Slater who plays the main role of Doctor Roy Earle...
We had done the show, the second of three nights, and we were all heading home. Pete was riding with me, we returned to the car and as I started the engine the radio came on as normal. The tune that was playing?
In The Mood by Glenn Miller!
Pete and I just looked at each other, slightly spooked but finding it funny too - what were the odds of that?
The Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, Friday 18th October
Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, Friday 25th October
Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, Thursday 31st October - HALLOWEEN!
Trailer design and animation by Darren McGinn, original music composed by Justin Wetherill
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