The Kings Arms is hosting a full on Day of Theatrical Horror tomorrow with Stage Fright, running from 1pm to 10pm, in a rather scary run up to Halloween...
The day, which is punctuated with talks, screenings, performances and even an evil quiz, is headlined by two highly acclaimed spooky plays, Joe O'Byrne's The Haunting of Blaine Manor at 8pm (see Salford Star preview – click here) and Daniel Thackeray's The Dead, Live, at 2pm, a 'postmodern ghost story' recently seen at the GM Fringe and London Horror Festivals.
Throughout the event, Mallinson's Mausoleum will be situated in the snug with a unique collection of horror stuff, including Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee artwork, created especially for Stage Fright by Brian Gorman.
The full line-up is...
12:30pm-1pm – THEY WILL NOT REST (The Snug)
A full-cast reading of the acclaimed, rarely-seen stage adaptation by playwright Ross Kelly of the nightmarishly imaginative short story by award-winning Yorkshire horror author Simon Clark, performed with the special permission of the author. Followed by a short Q&A with the cast and director.
1:05pm-1.25pm – CATERPILLARS (Studio One)
Join actor Geoff Baron (Old Ground) for a special reading of this chilling, classic tale from 1912 by the English writer EF Benson.
1:30pm-1:50pm – DEADTalks: The Weirdest Horror Films of All Time (Studio One)
Paul Mallinson, editor of the magazine Practical Visual Nihilism, presents a personal rough guide to the weird world of cult horror films.
2pm-3:10pm – THE DEAD, LIVE
A full performance of the acclaimed 'postmodern ghost story' play by Daniel Thackeray, recently seen at the GM Fringe and London Horror Festivals. Followed by a Q&A with the writer and cast.
3:30pm-4:10pm – BRIAN GORMAN, EDGAR ALLAN POE, KEITH KEITHERLAND (Studio One)
Readings of short stories and poems by these masters of the macabre. Brian Gorman and Keith Keitherland will be present to read from their own poetry and prose, while Joe O'Byrne will be performing the works of Poe.
4:15pm-5:25pm – HALLOWEEN SPECIAL QUIZ AND FOOD BREAK (Bar)
Legendary local quizzters the Barry Bros present their esteemed Halloween quiz, with prizes up for grabs, while the King's Arms Kitchen serves up werewolf burgers of both the meat and vegan variety (yes, apparently there are vegan werewolves).
5:30pm-5:55pm – COUNT MAGNUS (Studio One)
Actor Howard Whittock presents his reading of this 1911 tale by the unmatched master of the English ghost story, MR James.
6pm-6:30pm – THE HAG (The Snug)
An exclusive full-cast reading of this chilling, never-before-performed short play exploring horror in a nursing home setting, by Manchester playwright Victoria Lennox. Followed by a short Q&A with the cast and writer.
6:35pm-6:55pm – DEADTalks: The Lee/Cushing Podcast (Studio One)
A live recording by the cult podcast of classic British horror films, exploring why such films should continue to be celebrated, and focusing on a classic example pulled from The Bag of Death.
7pm-7:30pm – SOMETHING TO SEE (Studio One)
Actor Jenny May Morgan, fresh from much acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, reads this bloodcurdling tale of missing children, with the special permission of its author, Bram Stoker Award finalist Frazer Lee.
8pm-10pm – THE HAUNTING OF BLAINE MANOR
Stage Fright comes to a climax with a performance of Joe O'Byrne's smash-hit homage to classic Hollywood horror, in which an American scientist discovers weird going on in an English manor house in 1953.
Stage Fright: A Day of Theatrical Horror
Sunday October 29th 1pm-9:30pm
The Kings Arms
11 Bloom Street M3 6AN
All day pass with access to all events: £20 – to book click here.
Only The Haunting of Blaine Manor (7.30pm-9.30pm): £10/£8 concs – to book click here.
Only The Dead, Live (2pm): £7/£6 concs – to book click here.
Only the quiz: (4:15pm): £1.
For more details about the event – click here