19:30:00 - 21:30:00
posted by Suzanne Thorpe
Theatre Royal 66-68 Shakespeare Street Dumfries DG1 2JH
A new play adapted from the ghost story by Charles Dickens
It is Christmas Eve and the past and the present are about to collide.
Jonathan has recently moved into a care home. As his mind deteriorates and reality becomes confused, one memory stays strong; a memory of past love and betrayal; the one memory he wishes to be taken away.
A present is left: A book, a copy of Dickens’ The Haunted Man. His carer Asha, reading the story aloud, invokes visions of Jonathan’s past life and with them comes a ghostly visitation, a phantom who offers a gift, the gift of forgetting.
The book and Jonathan’s life merge and the phantom’s gift rapidly becomes a curse. With the help of the chaotic Tetterbys, the Wild-Boy, the gentle Swidgers and a host of other Dickensian characters, Jonathan and Asha set out to find a genuine, lasting peace and learn the true value of memory.
Performed by a cast of four creating a host of Dickensian characters, Kindred Theatre’s atmospheric new production of love, loss and friendship is a blend of candlelight, shadows, puppetry, music and theatrical storytelling perfect for those autumn evenings.
The tour will be accompanied at each venue by an Audio Exhibition of stories gathered from intergenerational storytelling workshops Kindred are running in Spring 2018 . The stories are actual memories told by workshop participants and inspired by the themes and ideas from The Haunted Man.