The Shadows

The Shadows

7th – 11th December 2021

A strange scent… An eerie sound in the darkness… A hauntingly quiet memory… What did you just see in The Shadows?


Down a narrow alley, through a creaky old door, in a confined space, a truly terrible event awaits.
A new twist on tales of old; an uncomfortably intimate, unique horror experience that is not for the faint-hearted.
Are you brave enough to endure three terrifying Cambridge stories which will take your breath away?

ACT 1- ACQUISITION by Sara-Jane Arbury
Jenny is attending a talk at the Fitzwilliam Museum and custodian Jeff is going to escort her there. Whilst waiting for the lift, they ruminate on life and death and share past traumas before being subjected to a supernatural haunting!
 
ACT 2- THE CHAMBER by Matt Wilkinson
Three students on a ghost hunt have found their way into an ancient abandoned chamber under St John’s College. But why have they been allowed in? And what do the scratches on the walls mean? They’re going to discover that there are some doors that should never be opened.
 
ACT 3 – DRIVE by Leigh Chambers
A woman with a guilty secret seeks refuge in a hotel room, but soon discovers that there’s nowhere to hide when those beyond the grave want vengeance, and are willing to use all their powers to get it.

The show runs without interval and contains strobe lighting

Auditions

The auditions are being held in:
 
The Corpus Playroom on Sat 11th September 2021 @ 1.30pm.
(This audition is being held in a venue which is not wheelchair accessible, please attend the second audition if you have accessibility requirements)
&
 
The Larkum Studio (ADC Theatre) on Wednesday 15th September @ 6.30pm.
(Which is accessible to wheelchair-users)
 
Please email theshadows@writeon.org.uk to register to audition. If you can’t make either of those audition dates and times, please let us know and we can try and audition you at a different time. Character details below:
 
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Narrator: Any Age, Any Gender. The role will be part-scripted, part-improvised. The actor playing the narrator will be invited to help us devise the narrated sections. An exciting part for anyone that loves improvising/devising!
 
ACT 1- ACQUISITION by Sara-Jane Arbury
 
Jenny is attending a talk at the Fitzwilliam Museum and custodian Jeff is going to escort her there. Whilst waiting for the lift, they ruminate on life and death and share past traumas before being subjected to a supernatural haunting!
 
JEFF MASON: Mid 60s, M. Custodian at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
JENNY MALONE: Early 20s, F. A visitor to the Museum. Wheelchair user.
(We are looking to cast a wheelchair-user for this role. If successful, we will be staging the production in The Larkum Studio, which is accessible. If we are unsuccessful in casting a wheelchair user, then the production will take place in the Corpus Playroom, but the play will be rewritten so the character of Jenny is no longer a wheelchair user).
 
ACT 2- THE CHAMBER by Matt Wilkinson
 
Three students on a ghost hunt have found their way into an ancient abandoned chamber under St John’s College. But why have they been allowed in? And what do the scratches on the walls mean? They’re going to discover that there are some doors that should never be opened.
 
JENNY SKINNER: 20, F. A Cambridge University undergraduate student in archaeology. Some kissing required (with George).
GEORGE CAVENDISH: 20, M. A Cambridge University undergraduate student in English. Some kissing required (with Jenny).
SIMON CARTER: 20, M. A Cambridge University undergraduate student in engineering.
MONK: 40s/50s M. Of the brethren of the hospital of St John the Evangelist, 14th century. This is a small part, suitable for someone who doesn’t want a lot of lines to learn.
 
ACT 3 – DRIVE by Leigh Chambers
 
A woman with a guilty secret seeks refuge in a hotel room, but soon discovers that there’s nowhere to hide when those beyond the grave want vengeance, and are willing to use all their powers to get it.
 
WOMAN: Mid 30s. A mother. Nervous and afraid. This is the only onstage character in this story. We are looking for an actress confident being the only performer on stage for around 20 minutes, who has great timing.

 

To register your space at the auditions or ask any questions you may have, please email:

theshadows@writeon.org.uk

There is no need to prepare anything in advance, please just turn up and we will take you through the process, which will be as follows:

 
Part 1:– Workshop Section – Which will consist of a few drama games and exploration of horror acting.
Part 2:- Script Work- We’ll do some script work on each of the three plays, you’ll be given a chance to read for any part in your age bracket and gender.
Part 3:- Narrator/Improv Section- Anyone interested in auditioning for the narrator will be invited to try out for the part by doing a part-scripted, part-improvised exercise. Any actors who don’t improvise will be permitted to leave before this last part.
 
Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings at Ross Street Community Centre and Saturday daytimes at either the Corpus Playroom or Larkum Studio, though you obviously won’t be called to every rehearsal and we will do our best to work around your availability.
 

 

Created by The Cambridge Ghost Writers

WRiTEON worked with 17 writers to collaborate on this latest fully-staged production. The participants received a full day workshop on the horror genre from an industry professional, a stimulus workshop, and a reading from actors halfway through the writing process. Three scripts were then selected to feature in this new production to be developed, rehearsed and performed at the Corpus Playroom.

 

The development process consists of six stages:

 

  1. The Weekend Workshops

We hosted a weekend that consisted of two days of workshops (delivered over Zoom) that gave our writers all the tools they needed to write the stories for the play.

Saturday 29th May – The Horror Workshop 9.30am – 5.30pm

This was a full-day workshop on writing horror led by Ian Long, a professional writer who teaches for Euroscript:

http://www.euroscript.co.uk/ian-long-cv.html

 

Sunday 30th May – Stimulus Workshop 2pm – 5pm

Existing Cambridge Ghost Stories

We looked at existing ghost stories from Cambridge, which they may use as inspiration.

Outlining the Process

We outlined the process going forward and the limitations the writers need to take into consideration when writing.

Technical Overview

We gave a presentation about what is possible technically in the Playroom, i.e. in terms of sound, lighting, set, special effects etc.

 

  1. The First Writing Stage

 

The writers then had a little over a month to write the first draft of their short ghost story. 

 

  1. The Readings

 

We then had a private reading of all the scripts to help the writers see what is and isn’t working about their story.

 

  1. Editing Stage

 

The writers then had about one month to polish their script based on what they learned from the readings.

 

  1. Selection Stage

 

A small panel of WRiTEON readers then read all the final scripts that were submitted and selected three to feature in the final performance. Selection was based both on quality and how the three scripts may compliment each other (i.e. no repetition and a good mixture of ages & genders in the characters).

 

  1. Rehearsals and Performance

 

The play will then be cast and rehearsed over two months. Richard McNally (Seven Words for Love, Butterfly Effect, Blood Music) is directing the production.  The production will be fully-staged i.e. lines learnt with full set, props & costumes.