Haunting play ghosts its way to Buxton Fringe

Published: 29 June 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

Joe O’Byrne writes and directs his first period piece at Buxton Fringe, The Haunting of Blaine Manor, which is said to be in the spirit of England’s “most accomplished ghost story writer” M R James.

The play is set in England in 1953. American parapsychologist Doctor Roy Earle, famous for discrediting hauntings and exposing fake mediums, is invited to attend a séance in what is said to be England’s most haunted building, Blaine Manor.

Local people will not set foot there as all who walk within the grounds will, it is believed, be cursed. But Earle’s arrival awakens something horrific within the walls.

The cast comprises Peter Slater, Jo Haydock, Phil Dennison, Andrew Yates, Daniel Thackeray and Joe O’Byrne. Sound design and title theme are by Justin Wetherill.

The Haunting of Blaine Manor can be seen Underground at the Arts Centre Studio on Friday 6 July at 5:45PM, Monday 9 July at 9:30PM, Tuesday 17 July at 9:30PM and Wednesday 18 July at 5:45PM.