The M R  James Project

***** Wonderful, magical storytelling. A pleasing reminder that the spoken word can be as spine-chilling as anything in the cinema.
The Daily Mail

In December 2005 Nunkie presented A Pleasing Terror, a one-man show based on two supernatural tales by Montague Rhodes James (1862 – 1936), the Master of the English Ghost Story. The venue was James’s old office, The Founder’s Library in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, where one of the two stories – ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’ – was probably first conceived.

This performance was the beginning of The M.R. James Project, an initiative to bring back to life the eeriest and most entertaining of these enduringly brilliant tales, many of which were originally written to be performed by the author to his friends, in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve.  

There are currently six pairs of stories in Nunkie’s repertoire, which have been performed all over the UK, Ireland USA, by Robert Lloyd Parry who bears a striking physical resemblance to James. In 2014 Lloyd Parry appeared as the author in Mark Gatiss’s BBC2 Documentary ‘M R James: Ghost Writer.’ His candlelit performances have been covered by The New Yorker, The Fortean Times, The Spectator, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Morning Star. 

Lloyd Parry’s mastery of the role… is itself an act of possession.
The New Yorker

For live performances check out the touring schedule.

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Illustrations by Paul Lowe.