With the witching season approaching we can’t wait to check out the fantastic ‘The Book of Darkness & Light’ which is currently touring the UK. This thrilling supernatural storytelling experience features a single narrator, Adam Z. Robinson, narrating his own ghost stories backdropped against the evocative music from violin player Ben Styles. It sounds phenomenally evocative and eerie and ideal for ghost stories. We’ll be catching them at the Theatre Royal Margate (known to be home to several restless spirits). In the meantime we recommend you grab tickets asap for what’s bound to be an amazing show.
Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night.
Having already thrilled over 1,500 people in Leeds’ oldest church as part of Light Night and gone on to play many sold-out dates in their 2016 tour, gothic storytelling show The Book of Darkness & Light will embark upon a four month national tour from September 2017.
“Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are in-vited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light… if you dare.”
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 per-formances are spooky, mesmerising and charming. Each show includes some short, local ghost stories and legends specific to the location.
With the ancient book in hand, The Storyteller tells three chilling tales as The Musician fills the room with a beautiful, 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 histo-ry of an abandoned village lock-up.
Kicking off in September, at The Dukes, Lancaster with three shows over two days (20-21 Sept), The Book of Darkness & Light will go on to play at 21 theatres, with a special show at Middles-brough Library on 19 October.
Throughout the rest of October the show will play at The Customs House, South Shields (6 Oct), the newly-opened Pyramid Theatre at Leeds University Union (18 Oct), Ropery Hall, Barton Upon Humber (21 Oct), Conquest Theatre, Bromyard (25 Oct), Pavilions, Teignmouth (27 Oct) Century Theatre in Coalville, Leicestershire (28 Oct) with a Halloween show at The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton (31 Oct) to round off the month.
Then, in November, the show heads further south to Dorchester Arts (1 Nov), Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth (2 Nov), The Spring, Havant (3 Nov), Theatre Royal, Margate (4 Nov). Then, re-turning to the north for performances at The Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton (6 November), CAST in Doncaster (8 November) and The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (25 Nov).
December sees The Book of Darkness & Light in Hexham’s Queen’s Hall Arts Centre (6 Dec), The Civic, Barnsley (7 Dec), Farnham Maltings (12 Dec) and Arts Centre Washington (14 Dec). The show will return to Harrogate Theatre studio on 16 & 17 December after two sold-out shows in 2016, before bringing the year to a close with two performances at Camden People’s Theatre (19 – 20 Dec).
The Book of Darkness & Light tour is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
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“The tale transfixed both me and the rest of the audience as we sat enthralled.”
- The Culture Vulture
“…the music heightens the suspense in the room as [The Storyteller] draws the audience into his narrative web.”
- Stagetalk Magazine
“A gripping, ghostly tale.”
- Leeds Living
Audience Reactions to The Book of Darkness & Light:
“The best piece of theatre I’ve seen in years”, “Mesmerising”, “Spellbinding”, “High class storytell-ing”, “Atmospheric and creepy”, “Beautifully haunting”, “Awesome live horror stories”, “Made me shiver”, “If you get the chance … go see it!”, “Wonderful imagery and fantastic storytelling”, “Rivet-ing”.
Notes to editors:
Written and performed by Adam Z. Robinson
Music composed and performed by Ben Styles
Dramaturgy by Dick Bonham
Lighting and technical design by Aly Howe
Produced by LittleMighty
The Book of Darkness & Light is suitable for ages 14+
The Book of Darkness & Light tour is supported using public funding by the National Lot-tery through Arts Council England
The Book of Darkness & Light is performed and written by Adam Z. Robinson. Adam is a writer of theatre, short fiction and film. His latest play Shivers – a co-production with Harrogate Theatre and Square Chapel Halifax – will premiere in September 2017. He is the co-writer of Odd Doll Puppetry’s Seaside Terror, touring autumn 2017. Adam’s play Conscientious toured nationally in autumn 2014. His short film The Split was directed by Ed Rigg (Passenger) and starred Edward Hogg (Ta-boo, Indian Summers, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell). It has been included in several film festivals including the Manchester Film Festival, the Cambridge Film Festival and the London Short Film Fes-tival. Adam also co-wrote and co-directed the short film Go On, My Son (with Nick Coupe). The film was supported by Roundhouse, London.
The music for The Book of Darkness & Light is scored and performed live by musician Ben Styles. Ben is a musician and composer. He has been playing music since the age of 7. While at university, he found a violin in a friend’s attic and set himself the challenge of teaching himself to play it. Within a year he had joined a band, Backyards. The band played the BBC Introducing stages at Leeds and Reading Festival. The band had several releases, including If You’re Scared, Underbank Hall and Goodhart’s Law. The Book of Darkness & Light was Ben’s first theatre project and he will collaborate with Adam again in Shivers, a series of brand new ghost stories.