A Dickens of a story comes to rural Lancashire

This month, Kindred Theatre bring ‘The Haunted Man’ a brand new adaptation of a Dickens classic to audiences in Lancashire through Spot On Lancashire.

In this ghostly production, four versatile actors take the audience through a world of shadows and candlelight on a journey that moves between the modern day and 1850, and between contemporary reality and the fictional world of Dickens’ original story.

The show received support from Arts Council England following a successful funding application which incorporated advice and guidance given by the Spot On team about creating suitable rural touring content for audiences in Lancashire. The team were delighted to be part of helping Kindred Theatre bring this new work to rural audiences.

Kindred Theatre’s atmospheric production about love, loss and the true value of memory is a blend of candlelight, shadows, puppetry, original music and theatrical storytelling. It is a gripping and entertaining evening, but also thought provoking with resonance to contemporary and growing issues of dementia and social care – a reminder that in many ways, so little has changed since Dickens’ own time.

The production is accompanied by an audio exhibition of real life stories gathered from Kindred Theatre’s intergenerational events held in collaboration with Age UK and other community organisations across the UK in Spring 2018. Recorded in their own voices, these funny, moving, and surprising memories come from people aged between 16 to 100. These ‘audio pictures’ resonate with the themes of the play and aim to enthral and intrigue audience members, opening a window into the lives of those whose backgrounds may be very different to us.