2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

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2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

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For Robins, the scares come from keeping things grounded and having the characters drive the story – that’s why he cites films like “The Babadook” or the long-running play “The Woman in Black” as resonating with him. I’m glad that it has been changed and adapted, though, as some bits have come out much better live than on page!

On Friday 21 July it was announced that Sophia Bush had withdrawn from the production due to health reasons and that Frankie Bridge will be taking over the role of Lauren from August. I’ve been a huge fan of Danny Robins for a while now so this is a part and an opportunity I cannot wait to get started on. But when actor Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy of “Harry Potter” fame) joined the London cast, he dug deeper.It draws more obviously on the tradition of recent horror movies rather than theatre; instead of concentrating on building up a spooky atmosphere, it relies heavily on jump scares. But lucky Angelenos don’t have to hop an international flight to catch the show, which was nominated for best new play at this year’s Lawrence Olivier Awards, as a special engagement is currently on through Dec. Follow her for all things related to classic Hollywood, musicals, the romance genre, and Bruce Springsteen. provides rich opportunities for any drama group wanting to make things go bump in the night – and their audiences scream.

Offering real and recognizable characters and real, recognizable scenarios makes it feel much more accessible, but also more scary.After the altercation, Lauren has a private conversation with Sam where she confesses to having doused Phoebe's toy in spirit in an attempt to prove Sam (and his constant need to provide a scientific explanation for everything) wrong, and also confesses that she has loved him since their university days. The most rounded performance comes from Charlene Boyd (most recently seen in the Lyceum’s EdFringe revival of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart) as Lauren, who manages to evoke real sympathy, and suggest an element of jeopardy that is not always present otherwise. But it ultimately pivots away from these larger questions of why we believe in ghosts and whether we should to satisfy a hunger for a conclusive explanation. However I was pleasantly surprised to discover it is now being shown in my home city later this year, tickets already booked.

It fails to recognize that the most haunting thing of all are life's questions for which there are no easy answers. The sound design includes a sassy Alexa and a baby monitor although a slight criticism of the sound design would be the loud ‘red herring’ fox noises; used as a shock factor the audio is very intrusive and seemingly unrealistic.A Ghost Story posits one explanation for hauntings — that of an experience akin to a Facebook memory, a reminder of an existence, a past that burns brighter in one's consciousness for the brief moment it is presented to you. The tour cast includes Joe Absolom as Ben, Charlene Boyd as Lauren, Nathanial Curtis as Sam, and Louisa Lytton as Jenny until 2 December. The rest of play leads expectantly to the fateful moment of 2am and as the wine continues to flow, emotions are heightened, relationships questioned and beliefs are tested.

It’s also really funny, and you can take a lot away from this play because, ultimately, we’re looking at relationships and people’s viewpoints and beliefs. No Spoily Woileys from me of course, but it's essentially a character study with a 80 minute build and a 10 minute gut punch that will make you think, and then be equally horrified with the payoff. The author of EW's quarterly romance review column, "Hot Stuff," Maureen holds Master's degrees from both the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford.

Written by Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcasts Uncanny and The Battersea Poltergeist, 2:22 A Ghost Story comes To Theatre Royal Brighton with actor Joe Absolom taking centre stage in this edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller. She was less impressed with "an overuse of deafening fox screams" and found that "arguments occasionally escalate into one-note yelling" but judged that "neither of these things do much to detract from the steadily growing tension". Joe Absolom: What I enjoy most about touring is the interaction with the audience and bringing a great performance to new people. provides rich opportunities for any drama group wanting to make things go bump in the night - and their audiences scream.

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