By Lauren Steadman
November 8, 2009
genre is all about gore these days, but there’s nothing
like a good, old fashioned ghost story.
didn’t sate your appetite for
the supernatural, roll up for three spine chilling Victorian tales
from Charles Dickens and
First up is
James’ classic ghost story Oh, Whistle and I’ll
Come to You, My Lad, narrated by ‘intrepid psychic investigator’ Montagu
Furzan (Simon Corble), who recounts the ordeal of a professor whose golfing
trip goes awry.
Then, events take a more chilling turn in first of two tales from Dickens.
Paul Sullivan performs The Madman, about a psychopathic wife killer
haunted by something in his cell.
title piece is the eeriest, conjuring up the perilous early days of
Sinister, atmospheric and with a spine chilling twist in its tail, you
can catch the Signalman at Bury Met on November 25, 2009.
Reviewed: Wed, 11 November, 2009
The Signalman - Reviews, comments, feedback 2009 Tour
Just to let you know that I went to see The Signalman yesterday at The
Lowry and thought it was great! Simon and Paul were both excellent and
you could have heard the proverbial pin drop in the auditorium.
I wanted to just say a quick hello to them afterwards and to let them know
how much I had enjoyed it but it all got a bit complicated as I was told I
had to ask the Theatre Manager and couldn't find them so gave up in the end!
Martina McClements - actress (email)
“I thought the show was wonderful” (seen
Saturday, The Lowry) Sylvia Jennings (phone call - amateur scriptwriter)
“Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that” Mary
Goldsmith, Vicar, Monyash.
We really enjoyed your spooky show at Youlgreave.
Email from John Goldsmith,
received a flyer from you via mail redirection and was able to attend
- and thoroughly enjoy -the
performance of The Signalman
at Belsay Hall close to my new home.”
Pauline Braviner - email
This is a quick update to say how much I enjoyed Weds pm at Bury Met..
I'd not read either the Madman or the Signal Man so I'd come to them
very fresh. You had a great audience and your performance worked well
with the energy in the theatre
Email from Adriana Galimberti-Rennie, Trustee
its a bit late now but just thought you ought to know we really enjoyed
the performance. You can mail me
if you have any future
events in Sheffield
David Wilkes - supporter - via email
I saw your show at The Lowry on Saturday, 7/11/2009 at the matinee performance
and I liked it very much. Both actors told their narrative tales very well
and gave excellent renditions of their parts in ‘The Signalman’.
The actor did not get the applause that he deserved at the end of ‘Oh,
whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad’ because the audience did
not realise that the story had finished until it was too late to applaud….
‘ The Signalman’ is well performed by both actors who work well together…..
… ..it was an excellent afternoon’s entertainment and I heartily
thank you both.
I hope to see more of both of you and your company in the future,
Best wishes and thank you,
Michael Sanders. (Via Email)
Dear Simon and Paul,
I was just about to thank you again for the performances which have inspired
some very interesting discussions among the Year Tens and will provide additional
material for the essay questions for the sixth formers. All the best and
hope to see you again in the next academic year. Please e-mail or send us
any information about future projects.
“ Thanks again for bringing your show to the woolly North. The girls really
enjoyed it and we have been having some great debates about insanity and the
Mary Scott, English teacher, Juliet Cooke, Head of English, Casterton School
Stephen & Mandy Coates: “Greatly
enjoyed and appreciated your performance in Youlgrave last Saturday. An
well spent. Look forward
to being in your
audience again soon.”
K Webb - “Enjoyed the evening at Stonyhurst”
Rachel Rycroft “ Very impressed
by your M R James / Charles Dickens two-hander (at Stonyhurst). Minimum props,
Letter from Gillian Shimwell :-
“Last Saturday’s performance at Youlgreave was one of the most
authentic, properly theatrical pieces I have seen for some time, in a venue
which should be used - as should all village halls, old mills and public parks
- for performance much more frequently. I hope your forthcoming tour is well-received,
especially in Otley & Skipton”.