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CASTING THE RUNES:
TWO GHOST STORIES BY M R JAMES

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

" . . . he put his hand into the well-known nook under the pillow. Only it did not get so far. What he touched was, according to his account, a mouth. With teeth. And with hair about it. And, he declares, not the mouth of a human being . . . "

In Casting the Runes we meet the unforgettable ‘Abbot of Lufford, ’ Mr. Karswell – magic lanternist, historian of the occult, and scourge of the academic establishment. The story is perhaps best known for being the source for the classic 1950s horror film ‘Night of the Demon.’

It is partnered here by one of James’s most neglected masterpieces: The Residence at Whitminster in which a dark shadow is cast over the precinct of a peaceful English church . . .

“Storytelling at its best . . . ” The Stage

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 100 minutes including interval.
WARNING: CONTAINS MOMENTS OF PLEASING TERROR

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COUNT MAGNUS:
TWO GHOST STORIES BY M R JAMES

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

"At first they hear nothing at all. Then they hear someone – you know how far away it is – they hear someone scream, just as if the most inside part of his soul was twisted out of him."

2012 marks the 150th birthday of Montague Rhodes James, the master of the English ghost story, whose creations thrill, amuse and terrify as powerfully today as they ever did. By way of a birthday present and as a footnote to the acclaimed M R James Trilogy, Nunkie Theatre Company now brings two more of his stories back to life, in a thrilling new one-man show.

In Count Magnus a travel-writer’s over-inquisitiveness leads to a breathless, diabolical chase from darkest Sweden to rural Essex. Denmark is the setting for Number 13, where a hotel room with the famously unlucky number, conceals a ghastly and baffling secret.

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 100 minutes including interval.
WARNING: CONTAINS MOMENTS OF PLEASING TERROR


Illustration by Paul Lowe











A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS:
TWO GHOST STORIES BY M R JAMES

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

"Storytelling at its finest . . ." The Stage

A Warning to the Curious is the final instalment in Nunkie’s M R James trilogy, following the critically acclaimed A Pleasing Terror and the prize winning Oh, Whistle . . .

Lost Hearts features one of James's most memorable black magicians, the predatory scholar Mr. Abney. It is paired here with one of James' most poignant and personal works: in A Warning to the Curious, inspired by the author's holidays in Aldeburgh, a young archaeologist is haunted and hunted by the guardian of an ancient treasure. The English seaside has never looked so menacing.

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 100 minutes including interval.
WARNING: CONTAINS MOMENTS OF PLEASING TERROR


Illustration by Paul Lowe










OH, WHISTLE . . .
TWO GHOST STORIES BY M R JAMES

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

Winner of the Dracula Society Hamilton Deane Award 2007

**** Lloyd Parry's beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine. Metro

Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M R James retain their power to terrify and amuse. Following his critically acclaimed one-man show A Pleasing Terror Robert Lloyd Parry brings two more of James' classic spine-chillers back to life.

Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad - a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast - is considered by many to be the author's masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 100 minutes including interval.
WARNING: CONTAINS MOMENTS OF PLEASING TERROR

Illustration by Paul Lowe














A PLEASING TERROR:
TWO GHOST STORIES BY M R JAMES

Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry



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

This critically acclaimed one-man show is an atmospheric retelling of two of the earliest and greatest tales by M R James - the master of the English ghost story.

In Canon Alberic's Scrap-book, a young Cambridge antiquary discovers the devil in the details of an old book in a medieval town in the French Pyrenees… In The Mezzotint a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator in Oxford . . .

A Pleasing Terror has been performed over 100 times since premiering in M R James' old office in the Fitzwilliam Museum in December 2005. Many performances have been in venues closely associated with the author: Eton College, Great Livermere Church in Suffolk, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Provosts Lodge and Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

A Pleasing Terror was nominated for the 2006 Dracula Society Hamilton Deane Award.

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 100 minutes including interval.
WARNING: CONTAINS MOMENTS OF PLEASING TERROR

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THE TIME MACHINE:
AN INVENTION

By H G Wells
Adapted and performed by R M Lloyd Parry

"I have lived such days as no human being ever lived before."

1895. In a suburban garden, beneath a waning moon, a bedraggled man lies beside a remarkable machine. He has a story to tell. A story of darkness and light. Of fire and fear. An unbelievable story of the future, that he insists is true. Is it a Joke? A prophecy? A dream?

Nunkie, the company behind the acclaimed M R James Trilogy, bring H G Wells’s science fiction classic to life, in a new, thrilling one-man show. Brought to you in glorious 4D . . .

Nunkie's production of The Time Machine is kindly supported by:

The Lowry - www.thelowry.com

Harrogate Theatre - www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

and

Arts Council England - www.artscouncil.org.uk

Suitable for ages 13+
Performance lasts approx 120 minutes including interval.





BLOOD, BONE AND GENIUS:
Benjamin Robert Haydon,
historical painter, in his own words

Written and performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

"Genius was not put on this earth to obey laws, but make them . . ."

The diary of Benjamin Robert Haydon [1786-1846] is the most entertaining, vainglorious and ultimately tragic document of the Romantic period. Friend of Wordsworth and Keats, champion of the Elgin Marbles, scourge of the Royal Academy: this self-proclaimed saviour of British Art charmed and argued his way through the early 19th century, recording his triumphs and humiliations in hilarious and touching detail.

Originally written to complement the exhibition The Body Politic at the Royal Academy in 2007, this new one-man play by Robert Lloyd Parry brings Haydon's raging prose back to life. It was first performed in the historic life drawing room of the Royal Academy Schools on 22nd June 2007, the 161st anniversary of the artist's death.

"If this be delusion, if I am mad, then so was Columbus mad when he obeyed the roaring of the Atlantic winds!"

Blood, Bone and Genius uses the artist's diaries and autobiography to relate the rise and fall of this tragi-comic artistic hero.