A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT
"Casting the Runes" by M. R. James
Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry
Wednesday 4th December
in the Grand Hall and Old Library, Kingston Maurward House
Doors open 6.30pm
Show starts at 7.30pm - Price: £12
TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM TAYLORS REHOMING CENTRE - 01305 259762
This December Robert Lloyd Parry brings a seasonal shiver back to Dorchester, with his retelling of another tale by M R James, the master of the English ghost story, with funds being raised for charity - Taylors Rehoming Centre.
Every Christmas M R James would write and perform new tales, to entertain friends in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge. A century later, they were adapted by the BBC for their traditional Ghost Story for Christmas which were highly acclaimed. These still have a special power to terrify and amuse. Robert Lloyd Parry recreates James’ entertainments in a truly atmospheric way, illuminated by candlelight and underscored by dread.
he put his hand into the well-known nook under the pillow. It did not get so
far. What he touched then was, according to his account, a mouth. With teeth.
And with hair about it. And not, he declares, 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.’