Performed by R M Lloyd Parry
The Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol
Tue 5 – Sat 9 February 2013 at 8.15 pm
Tickets £10 / £8; £5 on opening night
available from the Tobacco Factory box office on 0117 902 0344
or online at www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com
This February Robert Lloyd Parry brings another seasonal shiver to Bristol, with his retelling of two of the greatest tales by M R James, the master of the English ghost story.
In the classic spinechiller Count Magnus, a travel-writer’s over-inquisitiveness leads to a breathless, diabolical chase from darkest Sweden to rural Essex. Denmark is the setting for Number 13, where a hotel room with the famously unlucky number, conceals a ghastly and baffling secret.
“At first they hear nothing at all. Then they hear someone – you know how far away it is – they hear someone scream, just as if the most inside part of his soul was twisted out of him.”
From Count Magnus by M R James
Every Christmas, Montague Rhodes R James (1862 -1936) would write and perform ghost stories, to entertain friends in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge. Over a century later, these tales still have the power to terrify and amuse. This gripping one-man show gives theatregoers the opportunity to experience these chilling masterpieces in the manner in which they were originally enjoyed.
“M R James dedicated his stories to ‘those who have at various times listened to them,'” explains Lloyd Parry, “and I try to evoke the tone and atmosphere of his original performances.”
Count Magnus follows the critically acclaimed shows A Warning to the Curious, Oh, Whistle… and A Pleasing Terror, which have toured the UK, USA and Ireland since 2005 and performed to full houses at Factory Theatre. Oh, Whistle… won The Dracula Society’s Hamilton Deane Award for best performance in the Gothic genre for 2007.
***** Riveting… wonderful, magical storytelling. A pleasing reminder that the spoken word can be as spine-chilling as anything in the cinema.
The Daily Mail on A Pleasing Terror
**** Lloyd Parry is always absorbing, and catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality.
The Times on A Pleasing Terror