Show is set to be a real page turner


Sunderland Echo - - City Buzz -

Pre­pare to be spooked when The Book of Dark­ness & Light heads to Wear­side.

Fea­tur­ing three chill­ing tales and two ghostly per­form­ers, the pro­duc­tion heads to Arts Cen­tre Wash­ing­ton next month as part of its na­tional tour.

The Book of Dark­ness & Light is a new sto­ry­telling ex­pe­ri­ence from writer Adam Z. Robinson and mu­si­cian Ben Styles.

Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of orig­i­nal ghost sto­ries and live vi­o­lin mu­sic, the per­for­mances aim to be spooky, mes­meris­ing and charm­ing. Each show in­cludes some short, lo­cal ghost sto­ries and leg­ends spe­cific to the lo­ca­tion, so Adam and Ben have been brush­ing up on their knowl­edge of Wash­ing­ton.

With the an­cient book in hand, The Sto­ry­teller tells three chill­ing tales as The Mu­si­cian pro­vides a haunt­ing score.

The sto­ries range from mov­ing to macabre: In Plagued, a cruel politi­cian gets his come­up­pance when he re­turns home one win­tery night. In Girl, Danc­ing an age­ing stage star be­comes jeal­ous of her step-daugh­ter’s fame, mak­ing a ghastly de­ci­sion to get her out of the pic­ture.

In The Bone­house, a his­to­rian comes face-to-face with the grue­some his­tory of an aban­doned vil­lage lock-up.

The­p­ro­duc­tion­hasal­ready proved a hit in the re­gion af­ter a suc­cess­ful show at The Cus­toms House in South Shields last month.

Adam said: “We’re thrilled to be bring­ing our ghost sto­ries to Arts Cen­tre Wash­ing­ton. The Book of Dark­ness & Light is an evening of chill­ing, en­thralling tales, all set off with a live, haunt­ing vi­o­lin score. It’s per­fect for this time of year with the dark nights.

“Part of the show ref­er­ences lo­cal ghost sto­ries and leg­ends and it’s al­ways fas­ci­nat­ing to hear about the tales each town and city has.

“We can’t wait to see what Wash­ing­ton has in store for us.”

The Book of Dark­ness & Light tour is sup­ported us­ing pub­lic fund­ing by the Na­tional Lot­tery through Arts Coun­cil Eng­land. The show, which takes place at 7.30pm on De­cem­ber 14, is suit­able for peo­ple aged 14 and over.

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