Hor­ror theatre comes scream­ing into Auck­land

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES PASLEY

An in­ter­ac­tive theatre of dark­ness is cross­ing the ditch next month.

Ward of Shad­ows, an Aus­tralian hor­ror theatre, will be suck­ing par­tic­i­pants into a haunted men­tal hos­pi­tal for an evening of ter­ror.

The theatre re­volves around a young pa­tient’s un­solved mur­der.

The au­di­ence spends the evening in­ves­ti­gat­ing two main sus­pects: Tim - a para­noid hypochon­driac and Wil­liam - an ag­gres­sive psy­chotic, and then be­comes court and jury.

Writer and direc­tor Emma Humphreys said the show wasn’t for any­one with heart or anx­i­ety con­di­tions.

But she said it’s not all knee jerks and scream­ing.

‘‘It’s not shock hor­ror, there’s an in­tri­cate story line for an au­di­ence who have a gen­uine in­ter­est in story and char­ac­ter.’’

Humphreys said the show was in­ter­ac­tive with the out­come rest­ing in the au­di­ence’s hands.

‘‘The night­mare hos­pi­tal vibe is a hor­ror tra­di­tion, it’s a hor­ror clas­sic.’’

New Zealand will be the theatre com­pany’s first in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion.

The show, brought across by Hunted the In­ter­ac­tive Hor­ror Ex­pe­ri­ence, is on in Auck­land from March 9 to 12, Christchurch from March 16 to 19 and Welling­ton from March 23 to 26.

Lo­ca­tion of the shows are cur­rently a se­cret.

Ward of Shad­ows takes place in an old men­tal hos­pi­tal.

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