Don’t Go Into The Cellar
We are practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein based in the heart of the West Midlands. The region has links with some of the greatest Victorian and Edwardian genre writers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began his career as a writer while practicing medicine in Birmingham and Fu Manchu's creator, Sax Rohmer, was born there, too. Washington Irving penned his classic horror tale, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' whilst living in Birmingham, and Charles Dickens performed often at the second city's Town Hall, giving the very first public reading of 'A Christmas Carol' there in 1853. Many of our shows explore the relationship between the original source material and its broader appeal in subsequent twentieth century popular culture. This allows us to mix fact with fiction, to enable famous fictional characters to meet with real historical personages. By doing so, our stories can blend different genres whilst exploring the impact each has on the other. We also look at how social and cultural events from the period still resonate today, and we enjoy including little references which add poigniancy (and in many cases humour!) to our material. Using a talented and versatile troupe of professionally-trained actors and crew, we perform at theatres, festivals, schools and events across the United Kingdom.
Jonathan Goodwin, Gary Archer
A high energy, one-man show which features a selection of Conan Doyle's more macabre stories. Expect multiple characterisations, atmospheric...