Part of the title to this blog entry is part of a line from script - 'Villains, Scoundrels and Perverts...' - yes the play has its villains and scoundrels. Perverts? Well, no - but you decide when you've seen it. So, I always wanted to write a ghost story, that's detailed elsewhere on this site - www.talesfromparadiseheights.com/the-haunting-of-blaine-manor.html
But what of the characters? I went back to my childhood and teenage years and found my rogues gallery in some of my favourite films. As I was writing each character I had these actors and some of their portrayals in mind, some of them are an amalgamation of more than one actor - it's my imagination, I'm allowed! I hasten to add here that the actors that are playing the characters in the play are NOT doing impressions of them. Each performance is owned and lived in by the actors onstage, a product of their wonderful craft and skill and direction - it's been a lot of fun in rehearsal working with this talented bunch.
The actors all named below were in my mind when I was writing, and there were qualities of others (again listed elsewhere) but these few below kept popping up, they were iconic models for me to hang action and dialogue on, and all this a good while before I finally cast the play. I shared my time with these silver screen icons who freaked me out regularly between the hours of midnight and four in the morning on each writing session, a good ghost story should be written around that time don't you think? That's when I did all of my writing on this.
Doctor Roy Earle
Vincent De Lambré
There's a broader nod to Vincent Price elsewhere in the show, see if you can spot it...or hear it perhaps...? Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Tour Dates 2021/22
The Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, Friday 29th October
The Muni, Colne, Saturday 30th October
Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, Friday 12th November
Scarborough Spa, Sunday 21st November
The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford, Friday 28th January 2022
Ticket Link To Follow
The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Friday 25th February 2022
The Theatre Royal, Wakefield, Friday 18th March 2022
Whitby Pavilion, Thursday 21st April 2022
Ticket Link to Follow
Burnley Mechanics, Saturday 18th June
Matinee and Evening Performance
Swansea Grand Theatre, Wednesday 26th October 2022
Ticket Link to Follow
More Dates To Be Added Soon - Watch This Space!