Halloween Celebrations

31 10 2013


I last saw ATWAS perform their pub crawl version of A Christmas Carol in December 2012.

I really enjoyed their unique storytelling style and use of site specific staging to enhance the experience.

Despite the cold today I am looking forward to my second visit to watch the fledgling theatre company perform in honour of Halloween. This time they have taken inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe and it would appear that the performance is entirely outdoor. I am attempting to reserve my judgement for now, about the wisdom of an open air production in October – my ongoing struggle with cold temperatures is only furthur exaggerated in the early months of pregnancy.

TG2 Surrey had the following to say about ATWAS latest venture:

Visionary Guildford theatre company, All the World’s a Stage, have brought the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, the Master of Macabre, to Guildford this Halloween. Tales of mesmerism, murder, torture, and insanity are brought  to life in Guildford’s Racks Close, lit only by blazing torches and whatever scant moonlight remains at the end of the lunar cycle. This promenade production meets at The Boatman Pub, where audiences will be met and led to Racks Close. Here, they will find one who has been hypnotised at the point of death, another who is forced by the Inquisition to choose between two terrifying methods of death, and an asylum with a secret.

It is always great to try something new and at 34 I am unlikely to go trick-or-treating so here’s to a spooky night with good friends and a warm jacket.



Visiting the Folks

9 09 2013


On my most recent visit to see my family in Northern Ireland they expressed their dissatisfaction at how rarely FFOMC and I visit. It was pointed out to me that August marked my first visit in two years and we struggled to recall when FFOMC was last in Northern Ireland to visit his in-laws.

However an opportunity has presented itself and my Mother is in the process of sorting out flights for us to stay for a couple of days over the Halloween half term. I could not be more excited.

When I was still living at home Mum and Dad started throwing an annual Halloween party. They really went for it with decorations, sparklers and fireworks, bobbing for apples and other such festive activities.

I love the idea of introducing FFOMC to this tradition. I can picture him nestled in the family fold, competing with my brother-in-laws, assisting my Dad with the more troublesome fireworks and donning the mandatory mittens before spelling his name in the air with his sparkler.

Mum has been super organised and has started rallying round and sending invites and has already secured verbal RSVP’s with intentions to attend.

It is great to have a big family event to look forward to especially at the beginning of the school term when the summer holiday already feels like it was months ago and Christmas is still a far off dream.