A Dickens of a story comes to Lancashire

This month, Kindred Theatre bring ‘The Haunted Man’ a brand new adaptation of a Dickens classic to audiences in Lancashire.

The show will take place at St Peter’s Church Hall in Simonstone on Friday 19 October at 7.45pm, followed by Dunsop Bridge Village Hall on Saturday 20 October at 7.30pm and then finally, The Isaac Dixon Boat House at Fairhaven Lake, Lytham on Sunday 21 October at 7pm. Tickets are available directly from the venues or by calling 01254 660360. More information including booking online is available via www.howard.local/spotonlancashire.

In this ghostly production, four versatile actors take the audience through a world of shadows and candlelight on a journey that moves between the modern day and 1850, and between contemporary reality and the fictional world of Dickens’ original story.

It is Christmas Eve and Jonathan has recently moved into a care home. His mind is deteriorating and reality is becoming confused, but one memory stays strong – the one memory he wishes to forget. A present is left for him; a copy of Dickens’ The Haunted Man, and the forgotten inscription from Jonathan’s past sparks a ghostly visitation, a phantom offering an irresistible gift – the gift of forgetting. But the true cost of the phantom’s bargain soon shows itself as the book and Jonathan’s life begin to merge…..

Kindred Theatre’s atmospheric production about love, loss and the true value of memory is a blend of candlelight, shadows, puppetry, original music and theatrical storytelling. It is a gripping and entertaining evening, but also thought provoking with resonance to contemporary and growing issues of dementia and social care – a reminder that in many ways, so little has changed since Dickens’ own time.

The production is accompanied by an audio exhibition of real life stories gathered from Kindred Theatre’s intergenerational events held in collaboration with Age UK and other community organisations across the UK in Spring 2018. Recorded in their own voices, these funny, moving, and surprising memories come from people aged between 16 to 100. These ‘audio pictures’ resonate with the themes of the play and aim to enthral and intrigue audience members, opening a window into the lives of those whose backgrounds may be very different to us.

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