Having already thrilled over 1,500 people in Leeds’ oldest church as part of Light Night and gone on to play many sold-out dates in their 2016 tour, gothic storytelling show The Book of Darkness & Light will embark upon a four month national tour from September 2017.
“Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light… if you dare.”
The Book of Darkness & Light is a new storytelling experience from writer Adam Z. Robinson and musician Ben Styles. Using a combination of original ghost stories and live violin music, the performances are spooky, mesmerising and charming. Each show includes some short, local ghost stories and legends specific to the location.
With the ancient book in hand, The Storyteller tells three chilling tales as The Musician fills the room with a beautiful, haunting score. The stories range from moving to macabre: In Plagued, a cruel politician gets his comeuppance when he returns home one wintery night. In Girl, Dancing an ageing stage star becomes jealous of her step-daughter’s fame, making a ghastly decision to get her out of the picture. In The Bonehouse, a historian comes face-to-face with the gruesome history of an abandoned village lock-up.
Kicking off in September, at The Dukes, Lancaster with three shows over two days (20-21 Sept), The Book of Darkness & Light will go on to play at 21 theatres, with a special show at Middlesbrough Library on 19 October.
Throughout the rest of October the show will play at The Customs House, South Shields (6 Oct), the newly-opened Pyramid Theatre at Leeds University Union (18 Oct), Ropery Hall, Barton Upon Humber (21 Oct), Conquest Theatre, Bromyard (25 Oct), Pavilions, Teignmouth (27 Oct) Century Theatre in Coalville, Leicestershire (28 Oct) with a Halloween show at The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton (31 Oct) to round off the month.
Then, in November, the show heads further south to Dorchester Arts (1 Nov), Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth (2 Nov), The Spring, Havant (3 Nov), Theatre Royal, Margate (4 Nov). Then, returning to the north for performances at The Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton (6 November), CAST in Doncaster (8 November) and The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (25 Nov).
December sees The Book of Darkness & Light in Hexham’s Queen’s Hall Arts Centre (6 Dec), The Civic, Barnsley (7 Dec), Farnham Maltings (12 Dec) and Arts Centre Washington (14 Dec). The show will return to Harrogate Theatre studio on 16 & 17 December after two sold-out shows in 2016, before bringing the year to a close with two performances at Camden People’s Theatre (19 – 20 Dec).
The Book of Darkness & Light tour is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England/