Don't go outside at Hallowe'en!

Peter Lathan

Don’t go outside around Hallowe’en—or not if you’re near the Castle in Newcastle anyway—because the end of the world may be very near and three “survivors” from the outside, who are barricaded in the Castle Keep, will do anything to stay alive.

That’s the scenario for Twenty Seven Productions’ latest play Don’t Go Outside, a site-specific, immersive play, exploring human nature, and what we will do to stay alive when the end of the world is very near, which runs in the Great Hall in the Keep from 23 October (no show on 28) to 5 November.

The cast is Victoria Gibson (George Gently, DCI Banks), Luke Maddison, who is about to reprose his role in Geordie the Musical at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, and Christopher Price, last seen in Overdue at Alphabetti.

It is not, we are told, for the faint-hearted, for the audience too is barricaded in the Hall for the duration of the 80-minute piece. And unfortunately the venue is not accessible to those who have mobility problems for the stone steps which lead up to the Great Hall from ground level are long and difficult. It is also not suitable for people with epilepsy and, with an age restriction of sixteen, audience discretion is advised.

Twenty Seven Productions returns to the Castle Keep slightly over a year since they last performed there in WYTCH, which chronicled the mass execution of “witches” which happened on Newcastle’s Town Moor in 1650.