A Ghost Tale

Posted on November 3, 2016 by Basement

Our blogger Jonty sat down with director Jesse Hilford who’s show A Ghost Tale opens in the Studio next week.

What can we expect from the show?

Expect the unexpected. Even though this show is a horror you can expect to laugh and be moved as well as be scared. The stories that Ben has written cover a broad range of horror subjects that include cult rituals, supernatural beings, monsters and even a ghost tale.

When did you first come across Edgar Allen Poe and Roald Dahl’s Tales Of The Unexpected?

I have had a copy of Tales Of The Unexpected since I was at high school. His stories exemplify how short stories should be written. They keep you on the edge of your seat and then surprised you with twist even when you are expecting a twist. The works of Edgar Allen Poe have been a major part of pop culture. His stories are great examples of how to build suspense and mystery. Just like his arguably most well known stories: The Raven and The Tell-tale Heart.

What has been the most difficult part of the production?

As the horror genre is rarely explored it gave us a lot of freedom to play and explore the genre and work out ways we can scare people. As part of the rehearsal process I gave the cast a provocation to scare each other. I instantly regretted it as I was the first person to get scared. When Rhema jumped out from behind a mannequin at me.

What scares you?

I have a love/hate relationship with the horror genre in film. I love the idea of going to horror films but often I chicken out. However one of my favourite films is a horror: the conjuring.

More information and tickets can be found here. More of Jonty’s writing can be found on his blog.