2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

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2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

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On 1 May 2023, an Australian production was announced, opening at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne on 25 July for a four week season. Jenny is a sympathetic character, ignored and undermined by her smarmy husband, as she pleads for attention and declares a vigil to determine the source of the mysterious noises coming through the baby monitor. Joe Absolom ( EastEnders, Doc Martin), recently seen here in The Shawshank Redemption, has a creditable stab at diamond geezer Ben the plumber. It’s a vision of normality; Ben and Lauren visit new parents Sam and Jenny for a long overdue dinner, all is well even if Sam and Lauren are a bit too close for comfort for their respective partners. One of my favourite things about this production is the way lighting and sound design is used to immerse the audience.

On-stage action waxes and wanes but the mounting sense of dread is relentless" adding that he "is well-versed in what makes scary stories scarier, and uses that to brilliant effect here" and praising his "adept writing of emotionally charged two-handers, which provide a useful toehold into the characters’ psychological universe". Nathaniel: I do not believe in ghosts, and frankly, if I did, I wouldn’t be able to do the show because I’d freak myself out too much. Over one adrenaline-filled night - as the foxes scream outside - secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear.But it ultimately pivots away from these larger questions of why we believe in ghosts and whether we should to satisfy a hunger for a conclusive explanation. With Halloween around the corner, the new cast for the UK tour of 2:22 – A GHOST STORY edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller 2:22 – A GHOST STORY has been announced .

However I was pleasantly surprised to discover it is now being shown in my home city later this year, tickets already booked.It turns out Robins had a lot to say and his love for the supernatural was a perfect conduit for him. The life of couple Jenny and Sam and their baby Phoebe, in their newly renovated house in a gentrified area of London, has been disturbed by unexplained happenings at 2:22 each night. The role of Lauren is almost the audience’s representative on stage, trying to decide what is real and what isn’t, Beatriz plays wonderfully against James Buckley.

Sam and Ben (Joe Absolom) are both abrasive characters, equally determined to be correct about the existence of ghosts while Lauren (Charlene Boyd) plays the diplomat balancing loyalties and drinking her way into a stupor to avoid the conflict. It’s not scary enough for nightmares, but the sense of dread you may leave with goes to show that no matter how rational the explanation, it can’t defy gut feelings. While Wittrock and Rothenberg are grounded and believable as Sam and Ben, the women don't fare so kindly (one has to wonder if perhaps Dunster is just more adept at directing men). Without going into any detail, there are, unsurprisingly, twists in the plot, but these are neither startlingly original nor that difficult to predict; much of the fun comes from spotting the clues that are carefully laid beforehand.

Utterly rational Sam faces off against Jenny's certainty in what she's seen, as Sam tries to draw a drunken Lauren and spiritual Ben to his side in an evening that puts all of their faith (and their relationships) to the test.

The play takes place over one night while the characters try to find out what is happening at 2:22 over the last few nights. Currently, Robins is tinkering with a film adaptation of “2:22” and in the midst of Season 2 of “The Witch Farm. Set designer Anna Fleischle has created a simple realist set, which helps to set the domestic scene of a middle-class couple in the middle of renovating their Victorian home. Louisa: I am very easily scared, so it’ll be quite interesting when I’m on stage in the pitch-black telling a ghost story!The set is full but not cluttered complete with a functioning fridge and kettle which heighten the realism. The cast featured Gemma Ward as Jenny, Ruby Rose as Lauren, Daniel MacPherson as Ben and Remy Hii as Sam. On tour after an award-winning (and still-current) London run, Danny Robins’s 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Festival Theatre is an entertaining horror story.

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