Playhouse Scary Nights!

The Praying Mantas are among the host of weird and wonderful visitors set to descend upon the Guildhall Square this Halloween as part of a programme of outdoor entertainment which includes the Teenage Spooks stage, live music, performance and speciality markets. For full details check out www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween. (2110JC9)
The Praying Mantas are among the host of weird and wonderful visitors set to descend upon the Guildhall Square this Halloween as part of a programme of outdoor entertainment which includes the Teenage Spooks stage, live music, performance and speciality markets. For full details check out www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween. (2110JC9)

Ghosts are back at The Playhouse. With Hallowe’en upon us, the Playhouse spooks are waiting with spine chilling nights of entertainment.

Local writer Ken McCormack has produced a completely new set of ghost stories from around Derry and the rest of the country.

“It’s really a bit of fun,” says Ken, but he reveals that there are going to be thrills and spills galore in this year’s Ghost Stories..

Last year’s shows at The Playhouse and Prehen House were sell- outs many times over so popular were the Halloween tales.

This year, among the tales, the Playhouse Yarn Spinners will tackle a poltergeist, call up the ghost of Springhill and investigate the Boom Hall wraith.

“We aim to scare folk in the nicest possible way,” says Ken, who seems to produce a ghost from every dark nook and cranny around Derry.

“Mind you they only appear at Halloween so that we can invite them to the Playhouse,” he adds.

The Playhouse Yarn Spinners are made up of the most talented actors in Derry and supported by the young backroom staff of the Playhouse.

Grisly sound effects are produced by Colm Arbuckle and the show is directed by Pauline Ross and Ken McCormack with stage management by Shane Darrall.

What makes a good ghost story? “It’s all about creating suspense in people’s minds,” says Ken.

“We tell real stories and we get folk on the edge of their seats with good acting and sound effects.”

Ken has written six brand new tales for this year’s Halloween shows.

The Ghost Stories will be staged at the Playhouse on Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28, at 8pm, in the Playhouse, Derry, and at the Beech Hill Hotel on Sunday, October 30, with a special spooky supper.

The Beech Hill Hotel is a new venue for the stories and should prove to be wonderfully atmospheric.

But do ghosts exist? “Come to our Ghost Stories and you’ll be in no doubt, “ Ken adds with a grin.

Early booking is essential for these popular events.