Ghost stories at Ropery Hall

Actor Rebecca Vaughan returns to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall a week before Halloween with another one-woman show, Female Gothic.

In the past Rebecca has performed Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth at the Maltkiln Road venue and this autumn she will be recounting three ghost stories.

“Rebecca brings three interwoven tales of mystery and imagination to Barton this time and we can expect her to draw in her audience with tales of tragic, thwarted love and things of dread,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“She recounts a story of a young artist and his lover Gertrude; then tells of vivisectionist professor Boyd Thompson, who wants to impress the lovely Lucilla and then her own dreadful experiences,” Liz continued.

Dressed in Victorian mourning garb, Rebecca lights three candles at the beginning of the performance which she snuffs out one-by-one as she concludes each tale.

The Victorian fascination with tales of mystery and the supernatural created an enduring legacy of Gothic fiction; but it is often the male writers that are remembered  while  many of the  thrilling and eerie stories from the great female writers of that era have gathered dust and been forgotten.

“This play hearkens back to the writings of Mary Shelley and Edith Wharton and is guaranteed to chill your blood to the marrow,” Liz went on.

On stage on Saturday, October 22, at 7.30pm, tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  Student tickets costing just £5 are also available.

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