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Spine-chilling tales

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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More than a century after they were written, the ghost stories of acclaimed author M R James still retain their powers to both terrify and amuse.

And now an award-winning production featuring two of the Victorian author's works is providing an ideal combined Halloween and Bonfire night out for Lincolnshire audiences.

Billed as 'Oh Whistle ...', the one-man show featuring actor Robert Lloyd Parry is scheduled for Friday, November 2, at Gainsborough Trinity Arts Centre, at 7.30pm.

But it is also returning to the county as part of a 44-date tour in which Parry alternates with two other programmes each featuring James classics.

He's performing the same show at the Market House in Long Sutton on Wednesday, November 21, and crosses the Notts border to appear at Maplebeck Village Hall near Newark the following evening.

Then it's back to rural West Lindsey on Sunday, December 16 – at Binbrook Village Hall.

Parry's Nunkie Theatre Company, which presents the show, was founded in 1996 for a performance of Alan Bennett's An Englishman Abroad at the Canal Café Theatre in Little Venice, London.

After successful productions in the same venue of Patrick Suskind's The Double Bass and David Mamet's Squirrels, the company lay dormant for nearly a decade before Parry revived it.

And, since December 2005, he has been performing the trilogy of one-man shows based on the stories of the greatest writer of supernatural tales in English.

Parry's uncanny resemblance to the author has been noted with a shudder by more than one enthusiastic audience member!

"My performances do vary from venue to venue, depending on my proximity to the audience, the size of the audience and the ambience of the theatre," he said.

Box office numbers: Gainsborough 01427 676655, Long Sutton 01405 424428, Maplebeck 01636 636421 and Binbrook 01472 399641. The show is suitable for children aged 13 and above.

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