Bill’s off ghost hunting for spirit of Andrew Knox

WOOD OF THE CROWS. . . .Bill Waters (Andrex Knox) and Helen McLaughlin (Honoria Knox) pictured at the Playhouse this week. 0405JM40
WOOD OF THE CROWS. . . .Bill Waters (Andrex Knox) and Helen McLaughlin (Honoria Knox) pictured at the Playhouse this week. 0405JM40
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Derry-based actor Bill Waters will bring method acting to a new level (spirit level? - ed.) when he goes in search of the the ghost of Andrew Knox in Prehen House tomorrow night.

Bill, originally from Glasgow, plays Andrew Knox in Stan McGowan’s ‘The Wood of the Crows’. The play, which tells the story of ‘Half-Hanged McNaghten’, will be staged at the Millennium Forum Theatre next Thursday and Friday.

“I’m reading a book by Constantin Stanislavski and in it he says ‘every actor should get into the spirit of the character’. Maybe I am taking Stanislavski’s advice a little too literally,” laughs Bill.

Bill starred as Andrew Knox when ‘Wood of the Crows’ played to sell-out crowds at the Playhouse Theatre last November.

“I am really looking forward to getting on stage with the rest of the cast again but first I have to spend a night in the room where Andrew Knox’s spirit is supposed to be.

“The room is in Prehen House and apparently it contains his ghost.

“I think I am going to take two cloves of garlic, a gallon of holy water, a crucifix and a bottle of whiskey just in case,” laughs Bill.

Bill says, that according to legend, some of those who have spent a night in the room wake in the night when it feels like someone is getting into the bed beside them.

“I can tell you now that if I wake to that kind of feeling during the night I will be the second man to walk on water.

“I’ll not need a bridge to get back across the River Foyle and I’ll be back in Creggan before anyone knows I am gone.”

He added: “I suppose I should bring along a script because if Andrew Knox does make an appearance who better to ask for a few tips on how I should play him than the man himself!”

‘The Wood of the Crows’ will play at the Millennium Forum on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May at 8pm. Tickets are £15/ £12.50.

To book contact the Millennium Forum Box Office on (028) 7126 4455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk.