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The Signalman

The Signalman
By Lauren Steadman
(City Life)
The Signalman
The Lowry
November 8, 2009

THE horror genre is all about gore these days, but there’s nothing like a good, old fashioned ghost story.

If Halloween didn’t sate your appetite for the supernatural, roll up for three spine chilling Victorian tales from Charles Dickens and MR James.

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.

The show’s title piece is the eeriest, conjuring up the perilous early days of train travel.

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

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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,

“I recently 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

“Hello, 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
Thanks “
David Wilkes - supporter - via email

Dear Sirs,
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 supernatural!
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 evening well spent. Look forward to being in your audience again soon.”

Mrs K Webb - “Enjoyed the evening at Stonyhurst”

Rachel Rycroft “ Very impressed by your M R James / Charles Dickens two-hander (at Stonyhurst). Minimum props, maximum atmosphere!”

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”.

 


THE SIGNALMAN

Dates and venues 2009/10

(click on highlighted links to buy tickets online or for venue information)

January 23rd, 7.30pm, Tideswell Theatre at URC Hall, Parke Road, Tideswell
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Book Tickets via:
theatre@tideswell.net
or
01298 871063
from Tideswell Post Office and Litton Shop

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Oct 24th 8pm
Youlgrave village hall
Derbyshire
Tickets £8 (£7 concession) call us at found Theatre direct on (01629) 813083


Oct 30th & 31st Friday & Saturday
Belsay Hall, Northumberland
SPECIAL PROMENADE PERFORMANCES FOR HALLOWEEN
4.30pm, 7pm & 9.30pm
Booking Essential: 01661 881636 - prices vary
An English Heritage presentation
Belsay Hall events page
www.english-heritage.org.uk


Nov 6th Friday
Stonyhurst College, Lancs 8pm
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
01254 826 345 Tickets: £8 (£6)
Or call us at Found Theatre on
01629 813 083


Nov 7th 8th, Sat Sun 7.30pm
The Lowry Studio
Salford Quays
2.30pm & 7.45pm
0870 787 5790
www.thelowry.com


Nov 12th Thursday
Otley Courthouse at 7.30pm
01943 467 466

www.courthouseproject.org.uk


Nov 13th Friday!
Skipton Auction Mart at 7.30pm. PLUS:-
14th Saturday workshop at 10.30am
01756 791411 www.themarttheatre.org.uk

Nov 20th & 21st Friday & Sat
Lantern Theatre, Sheffield at 7.30pm
£9 (£7)
Advance bookings, found theatre: 01629 813 083
www.lanterntheatre.org.uk
(for info only)

Nov 25th Wednesday
Bury Metro Arts
7.30pm £10 (£8)
0161 761 2216

www.themet.biz


END OF 2009 TOUR
BUT PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOOKING THIS SHOW***WE ARE HAPPY TO TOUR SCHOOLS***
NEW DATES IN 2010!

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