Members' Room: A Warning to the Curious: Two Ghost Stories by M.R. James, performed by Robert Lloyd Parry
“Sometimes, you know, you see him, and sometimes you don't. It’s just as he pleases. I think: he's there, but he has some power over your eyes...”
M.R. James first wrote his ghost stories to perform to friends in Kings College Cambridge in the year leading up to World War One. Now, over a century after their first publication, Nunkie Theatre Company have brought two of the eeriest and most entertaining back to life in this gripping, candlelit one-man show.
Lost Hearts was among the first stories the author wrote and it offers one of his most memorable villains, the predatory scholar Mr. Abney. It is paired here with perhaps James’s most poignant and personal work: A Warning to the Curious, in which a young archaeologist is haunted and hunted by the guardian of an ancient treasure.
The English seaside has never looked so menacing.
“Lloyd Parry’s mastery of the role is itself an act of possession.” - The New Yorker
Performer Robert Lloyd Parry has been touring several shows based on the works of M.R. James around the UK since 2007, and he appeared as the author in Mark Gatiss’s acclaimed BBC documentary M.R. James: Ghost Writer. He has also adapted and performed works by H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Saki, and H.P. Lovecraft. nunkie.co.uk (photo by Shelagh Bidwell)
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