The Shadows

The Shadows

Corpus Playroom

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 those who dare to set foot in the Playroom.
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?

The show runs without interval and contains strobe lighting


Created by The Cambridge Ghost Writers

WRiTEON are currently working with 24 writers to collaborate on this latest fully-staged production. The participants have received a full day workshop on the horror genre from an industry professional, a stimulus workshop, and will receive a reading from actors halfway through the writing process. Three scripts will then be 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:


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 have a little over a month to write the first draft of their short ghost story. 


  1. The Readings


We will have 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 will then have about one month to polish their script based on what they learned from the readings.


  1. Selection Stage


A small panel of WRiTEON readers will then read all the final scripts that have been submitted and select three to feature in the final performance. Selection will be 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) will direct the production.  The production will be fully-staged i.e. lines learnt with full set, props & costumes.


How to Take Part


If you are interested in participating as an actor or behind the scenes then please send an email to: