A new play for small scale touring and the rural touring networks
THE HAUNTED MAN
A new play adapted from the ghost story by Charles Dickens
It is Christmas Eve and the past and the present are about to collide.
Jonathan has recently moved into a care home. As his mind deteriorates and reality becomes confused one memory stays strong; a memory of past love and betrayal; the one memory he wishes could be taken away. A present is left for him: A book, an old copy of Dickens' The Haunted Man. His carer Asha, reading the story aloud, invokes visions of Jonathan’s past life and with them comes a ghostly visitation, a phantom who offers to fulfil his wish through the gift of forgetting.
As the book and Jonathan’s life merge, he begins to understand that the phantom’s gift is also a curse. With the help of the chaotic Tetterbys, the Wild-Boy, the gentle Swidgers and a host of other Dickensian characters, Jonathan and Asha set out to find a genuine, lasting peace and learn the true value of memory. Performed by a cast of four creating the host of Dickensian characters, Kindred Theatre’s atmospheric new production of love and loss, frighteners and friendship is a blend of candlelight, shadows, music and theatrical storytelling perfect for those winter evenings.
The tour will be accompanied at each venue by an Audio Exhibition of stories gathered from intergenerational storytelling workshops Kindred are running to complement the show, the themes and ideas inspired by the participants real memories.
An Audio Exhibition What's Your Story? - A life Story Project
We will also be touring an audio exhibition to each performance of The Haunted Man. This exhibition will be put together from a series of intergenerational workshops we will be running in early autumn. They are a varitation of the What's Your story? sessions we have run before and you can find out more about them by clicking here.
If you woud like more information about these workshops and the exhibition then please call chris on 0776 977 1264 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project on hold
This production is currently on hold due to us being unable to secure funding from Arts Council England.
Our application was appraised very positively and we met all the criteria but lost out due to competition for funds on the day. We are currently reviewing this production and looking at options for next year.
This has been a huge disappointment for us after 2 years of work, but we are looking at positive ways to get this show before the audiences it was made for.
This production has been made possible thanks to the invaluable help of Mary Swan and Proteus Theatre Company in Basingstoke. Proteus very kindly gave us time and space as part of their Performance Lab programme to do some initial research and development. This opportunity was the starting block to get this production up and running.
And a massive thank you to the actors Ashley Christmas, Jodie Hoffman, Lisa O'Hanlon, Mat Ruttle, Dan Willis, Nia Davies and Jeremy Todd for the enormous contribution.
Follow this project on our Blog page Here is a short video clip of the work done on the Wild-Boy