Double bill of chilling tales comes to Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre

Two Ghost Stories by M R James performed by R M Lloyd Parry
Two Ghost Stories by M R James performed by R M Lloyd Parry

Southport-based storyteller Robert Lloyd Parry brings two thrilling tales by Montague Rhodes James, the master of the English ghost story, to the Square Chapel Arts Centre later this year.

In A View from a Hill a pair of old binoculars reveals the gruesome history behind an idyllic stretch of English landscape. In The Treasure of Abbot Thomas a treasure-seeker comes face to face with unspeakable horror at the bottom of ancient well.

The ghost stories of M R James are widely regarded as the finest ever written and, over a century after their first publication, they’ve lost none of their power to terrify and amuse.

James wrote them to perform at Christmas to friends in Cambridge, in the years leading up to World War One. This gripping one-man show gives theatregoers the chance to experience these eerie masterpieces in the manner in which they were originally enjoyed: as ghostly confections, told by candlelight, to a rapt audience.

"M R James dedicated his stories to 'those who have at various times listened to them,'" said Robert Lloyd Parry, “and I try to evoke the tone and atmosphere of his original performances.”

Dead Men’s Eyes is the sixth instalment of Nunkie’s M R James Project, a series of six one-man shows that Robert has been touring since 2006, travelling all over the UK, USA and Ireland. In 2015 he played M R James in Mark Gatiss acclaimed BBC2 documentary Ghost Writer.

The show is at Square Chapel Arts Centre on Friday November 1 at 8pm.

Tickets: 01422 349 422 or www.squarechapel.co.uk