Stage fright

View­ers beware, you’re in for a scare at Goose­bumps Alive

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If you’re the kind of per­son who fol­lows in­no­cent re­quests to “say cheese” with “and die” in a hushed whis­per, then Goose­bumps Alive, an im­mer­sive the­atri­cal adap­ta­tion of RL Stine’s best-sell­ing hor­ror se­ries, is for you. We spoke to writer/di­rec­tor Tom Sala­mon about what to ex­pect.

Why is Goose­bumps a good fit for the stage?

There are so many in­ter­est­ing lit­tle sto­ries and twists and turns that we thought it would be an ex­cit­ing thing to try to tell all th­ese vi­gnettes on the stage, es­pe­cially in an im­mer­sive set­ting where there’s lots of stuff to play with, and see and hold.

The show is aimed at adults, is that purely for nostal­gia’s sake?

The ap­proach we’re tak­ing is really to try and fo­cus on the au­di­ence that read them as kids and so there’s a nostal­gia fac­tor, but we’re also up­dat­ing it and mod­ernising it for grown up fears and anx­i­eties. How are you ap­proach­ing the im­mer­sive as­pect of the pro­duc­tion?

There are dif­fer­ent ways to ap­proach im­mer­sive the­atre. This is de­cid­edly not par­tic­i­pa­tory, but we’re tak­ing any op­por­tu­nity we can to put our au­di­ence into the mid­dle of th­ese scenes and make them feel the anx­i­ety of the char­ac­ters.

Which sto­ries are you adapt­ing?

A lot of the sto­ries that jumped out at us are based on what we could ex­plore in terms of the in­ner psy­chol­ogy of the char­ac­ters. By the same to­ken you can’t make Juras­sic Park with­out the T-rex, so there are cer­tain fan favourites that we wanted to ad­dress.

There’s also a sep­a­rate pro­duc­tion for kids, what can you tell us about that? It’s a sep­a­rate thing, but it’ll re­flect some of the stuff that we’re do­ing. We really want to steer ours for adults, so ours is go­ing to be fright­en­ing and anx­i­ety-pro­vok­ing and hope­fully thought-pro­vok­ing. The kids one much less so, but still an en­gag­ing, vis­ceral ex­pe­ri­ence.

Date 6 April - 4 Septem­ber

lo­ca­tion The Vaults, Leake Street,

Lon­don

Cheesy thrills!

Gooses not guar­an­teed.

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