Looking back at…Audience with the Ghost Finder

Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling

8-17th May 2013 at The Selkirk Upstairs
22-24th October 2013 at The Etcetera Theatre

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.

It was first seen at one of our new writing nights, and full show was premiered as part of a Wandsworth Arts Fringe double bill alongside London Pride. A few months later we transferred to the Etcetera Theatre as part of the London Horror Festival. Audience with the Ghostfinder was our first leap into full length, brand new playwriting.  The original staging was in the round, and really showcased just how versatile we can be. I can still smell the garlic and chalk…

a rare chance to see some outstanding new writing…brilliantly written and superbly acted, with ingenious staging

Public Reviews

Ellie Pitkin matches her taut direction with strong casting…you can’t help but come away from the evening feeling that this is a company who really care

A Younger Theatre

Hats off to Ellie Pitkin for the slick direction of this piece…the mystery of the piece is great fun and the pace is pitched perfectly

Stage to Page

CAST
CERIDWEN SMITH Dodgson/Mrs Allenby/Florence Allenby
ALEXANDER PANKHURST Thomas Carnacki

CREATIVES
ELLIE PITKIN Director
TUTKU BARBAROS Assistant Director
LIZZIE COOPER Stage Manager & Lights Operator
DAVID TURNBULL Sound Designer
SHERRY COENEN Lighting Designer
ZAHRA MANSOURI Set & Costume Designer
MICHELLE BRISTOW Costume Assistant
PETRA HJORTSBERG Props Maker
MIRANDA MARVIN Assistant Stage Manager
ANDREW CRANE Sound Operator
BARNEY BARRON Publicity, PR and Marketing
HELEN JOHNSON Publicity, PR and Marketing
COLE CAMPBELL Publicity, PR and Marketing
NICK TATCHELL Assistant Events Manager
VIKKI WESTON Education Manager
RICHARD STRATTON IT and Website Manager
NIVINE KEATING (MORRIGHAN IMAGES) Rehearsal Photography

M. J. Starling has since published an e-book of the original story, and playscript. It includes a foreword from Blackshaw’s Ellie Pitkin. We also recorded an audio drama version.

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 30

This week on the show we are playing the live recording of Blackshaw’s first ever Scare Slam which was held at The Horse and Stables on the 25th of November.

Get ready for 6 spooky stories MC’d by Duncan Gates.

Listen below!

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