2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)
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The two argue, and tensions arise further when the group discover Phoebe's teddy bear in the bathroom drenched in white spirit. It's never clear if the characters themselves can see the clock, making it an even more chilling presence, ticking away to a moment of truth. When I worked full time alongside stand up I drove home from a gig in Brighton all the way with no stops… took me about nine hours and I made it to work in the morning. Well known for his funny role as Jay in The Inbetweeners, actor James Buckley steals the show with his exuberant performance of Cockney Ben: laugh-out-loud funny and full of heart, it has been twenty years since he has been on a West End stage, and it would be great to see him in more productions. Playwrights Canada Press staff work across Turtle Island, on Treaty 7, Treaty 13, and Treaty 20 territories, which are the current and ancestral homes of the Anishinaabe Nations (Ojibwe / Chippewa, Odawa, Potawatomi, Algonquin, Saulteaux, Nipissing, and Mississauga / Michi Saagiig), the Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika), néhiyaw, Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, Tsuut’ina, Wendat, and members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora), as well as Metis and Inuit peoples.
Until Jenny (Louisa Lytton) shares she thinks she’s been hearing footsteps in the baby’s room while Sam (Nathaniel Curtis) has been working away.But it ultimately pivots away from these larger questions of why we believe in ghosts and whether we should to satisfy a hunger for a conclusive explanation. There’s an obvious romantic backstory between Sam and Lauren, but neither character is convincingly drawn. Brilliantly funny and intriguing; 2:22 A Ghost Story is an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts may or may not appear. When we were about to open in London, I could audibly hear the critics sharpening their knives,” he says. It takes a while to get going and there's an awful lot of red herrings strung along the way, BUT that climax is a shocker that I did not see coming.
The cast guide the audience with skill, capturing the dynamic of a close-knit group, easing the crowd into dinner time conversation and minor bickering, only to amp up the ante and conflict with divisive beliefs and intermittent fox shrieks.These (courtesy of screaming foxes) do not really arise from the plot or characters and could be seen as somewhat unearned. Robins admits he’s a bit caught off-guard by the success of the show, especially because horror is a genre that rarely garners respect. But when actor Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy of “Harry Potter” fame) joined the London cast, he dug deeper. The genre is much more at home in the pitch dark of movie houses, where viewers can scream anonymously while comforting themselves with fistfuls of buttered popcorn. Since then, several celebrity cast members have adorned previous casts including Tom Felton, Matt Willis and Lily Allen to name a few.
Written by Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcasts Uncanny and The Battersea Poltergeist, 2:22 A Ghost Story comes To Theatre Royal Brighton with actor Joe Absolom taking centre stage in this edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller. Sam and Ben (Joe Absolom) are both abrasive characters, equally determined to be correct about the existence of ghosts while Lauren (Charlene Boyd) plays the diplomat balancing loyalties and drinking her way into a stupor to avoid the conflict. Robins says at this point Felton gave him a strange look and told the author to look up his Wikipedia entry. Set in the house of married couple Sam ( Scott Karim) and Jenny (Cheryl) with their newborn baby, the tension starts as we meet Jen, clearly on edge, who has finish painting a door frame and at 2.
She described the cast as "gleaming", noting "Fraser's Sam is so realistic it's hard to believe he's acting", that Wood "revels in [his role of Ben], drawing out the humour and diving into the mysticism", and that "Chan does a brilliant balancing act, shifting Lauren's loyalties throughout the night". But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community. Louisa: I am very easily scared, so it’ll be quite interesting when I’m on stage in the pitch-black telling a ghost story! Me and Liz were too scared to talk about it initially, but when we finally did, we realised that we were both having similar experiences.
And though it might not sound like it, the play is incredibly personal, based on a story told to him by a close friend about five years ago. This is a simple, subtle (A Christmas Carol or horror story it is not) but beautifully written modern play, being little more than four people arguing in a room for a couple of hours, but it was great to re-live the sense of dread that we experienced in the theatre, not knowing what might happen at any moment. On the kitchen counter is a baby monitor, green lights flickering, registering the ambient noise of a sleeping baby.I fell in love with this play as a theatre maker and horror fan when I saw its Los Angeles closing night with my father. The script by Danny Robins, who created the popular podcast drama “The Battersea Poltergeist,” strains the considerable talents of the American cast that has been assembled. The ending is clever, but I rolled my eyes — partly in disbelief, partly in chronological confusion. Spine-chilling, funny and scary, Danny Robins' play 2:22 was premiered at the Noël Coward Theatre in London's West End in August 2021, directed by Matthew Dunster, and starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood. They are joined by Sam’s oldest friend, Lauren (Beatriz Romilly, Macbeth), and her new beau, Ben (Sam Swainsbury, Fishermans Friends).