Join us, it will be a scream!

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

IF don­ning a fright­en­ing cos­tume and scar­ing the liv­ing day­lights out of peo­ple sounds right up your street, you could be part of this year’s Scream Fac­tory.

The an­nual at­trac­tion at Kirklev­ing­ton Mu­seum is to host open au­di­tions, oth­er­wise known as Boo Camp, to find 90 ac­tors for this year’s scream­fest.

There are also 25 staff va­can­cies up for grabs, such as car park at­ten­dants, and tick­et­ing and event staff.

Stephen Tate, man­ag­ing director of Imag­i­na­tive Pro­duc­tions, the events com­pany be­hind Scream Fac­tory, said: “Last year we had a record turn-out for our open au­di­tions and we have even more roles avail­able this year so we’re hop­ing for the same.

“We’re now in our sixth year and some of our ac­tors have been re­turn­ing since day one to work with us again and again. We even have ac­tors who come to work with us each year from as far as the Nether­lands.”

So if you fancy be­ing one of them, you can head to the open au­di­tions on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, at 10am. They take place at Imag­i­na­tive Pro­duc­tions at Be­la­sis Busi­ness Cen­tre on Cox­wold Way, Billing­ham. There’s no need to reg­is­ter and no ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary, but you must be 18 or over.

Scream Fac­tory, which re­cently won the ‘Best use of SFX/An­i­ma­tron­ics as a set piece’ award at ScarCON, is a fam­i­lyrun busi­ness and was set up by the Tate fam­ily as a way to di­ver­sify their Red­car­based flood restora­tion busi­ness.

De­scribed as a themed at­trac­tion de­signed to “frighten and make you jump”, the Hal­loween ex­pe­ri­ence takes place in a hand-built vil­lage that in­cor­po­rates spe­cial ef­fects and face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion with scare ac­tors.

The tour is so nerve-wrack­ing that any­one with a ner­vous dis­po­si­tion, or preg­nant women, are ad­vised not to go along.

This year, as usual, there will be two tours to choose from – The Ex­treme Tour, dubbed an “evening of en­ter­tain­ment to DIE for”, and the Twi­light Tour, for younger vis­i­tors.

There will also be The Iso­lated Tour, which is new for this year and will see those brave enough walk around the at­trac­tion by them­selves.

To ap­ply for one of the staff va­can­cies, send a CV to info@scream­fac­ or go to Boo Camp with a CV for an in­for­mal chat.

Tick­ets for this year’s Scream Fac­tory are avail­able at www.scream­fac­tory.

The vil­lage butch­ers at lat year’s Scream event

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