Meet the Master of Ghost Story-telling

Robert Lloyd Parry, local actor and founder of the Nunkie Theatre Company, will be visiting Littleport Library to present his thrilling one-man show which brings to life the spine-chilling ghost stories of M R James.

The performance will take place on Friday 20th March between 7:30-9:30pm (including interval) in an appropriately atmospheric venue; the Victorian building that houses Littleport’s Public Library. This is the first event in Littleport’s Arts Alive in Libraries programme, an Arts Council England funded project to promote arts events in Libraries. This is also the first time that Littleport Library has been used as a venue for such an event so I do hope you will join us in the exciting new venture.

M R James wrote his ghost stories to perform to friends in the years leading up to WW1 and today they have lost nothing of their power to terrify and amuse. In the show Robert Lloyd Parry will perform two of his stories: Casting the Runes introduces us to the unforgettable ‘Abbot of Lufford’, Mr. Karswell – magic lanternist, historian of the occult, and scourge of the academic establishment. This story is perhaps best known for being the source for the classic 1950s horror film ‘Night of the Demon’. And one of James’s most neglected masterpieces, The Residence at Whitminster in which a dark shadow is cast over the precinct of a peaceful English church…

“Riveting… wonderful and such magical storytelling. A pleasing reminder that the spoken word can be as spine-chilling as anything in the cinema.” —Daily Mail “Lloyd Parry’s beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine.” — Metro

Tickets are £5 (or £4 for Library Members), including a glass of wine or soft drink and are available in advance from Littleport Library. The performance is suitable for 13 year olds+.

The next Arts Alive event scheduled for Friday 24th April will be a 1950s-inspired evening centred round a screening of the sing-a-long version of the film Grease. Please look out for further details in the Library…and beyond.

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