Here's the running order as performed in Lavenham, with notes as to how I will alter each section.
Introduction: Spooks or Spooked? Local stories of ghosts and the problems of the ghost story.
# This is a general opening, non-fiction, which will be shorted and simplied and generally de-Lavenhamised.
The Wheel of Shame: A semi-comic tale of one young girl and her unique poltergeist.
# This is the new Molly (Bink! & Teaching Gods) story. I'm very happy with this - even though I actually only wrote the ending for it at 4 o'clock in the morning prior to the Lavenham show. There was an illness in the family and, inbetween the piercing screams of pain, I suddenly realised how to end the story. Now, all I need to do is tie the loose ends together.
Countdown to the Other Side: A short comic tale of a ghost that refuses to give up its daily routine.
# Noticed a massive error in the text as I said it during performance. No one mentioned it, so I assume I got away with it. This story is very short and will go to our fabulous special guests - hopefully a different person every night.
The Ghosts of Lavenham: Set in the market town of the same name, though all characters and persons featured are entirely fictitious. Milk Bottle cannot be held liable for any shoes that fit, these are purely coincidental and should fit any community.
# Though the story will remain fundamentally the same, I'm going to pull it apart and reconstruct it in a different shape. The town will become generic, rather than specific, and the two plot strands - which in the original occur in two different places - will be pushed together under one roof.
I have no plans at this time to write an additional material for the GhoStoryteller show - it does all now hang rather nicely together. If the audiences in London like it half as much as in Lavenham, then I'll be most please.
And, on a final note - I did say you'd see a bit backstage of the photoshoot for The Natural History of Trolls. Well firstly - a silly Blue Peter how to guide to making your own orange penguin.
Followed by a few snippets of the shoot and in the Guildhall itself.
And, of course, the resultant photo, because I love it so.
Till next week! And remember to buy those tickets.
Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
The Natural History of Trolls
Written and Performed by Robert Crighton
Plus Special Guests: Georgina Blackledge, Pamela Flanagan, Jessica Moore & Sophie Morris-Sheppard
SUFFOLK TRYOUT -
Sunday 20th November at 7.30pm
Tickets £7 / £6 Friends of the Quay
The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury
Box Office: 01787 374 745
LONDON RUN -
Tuesday 29th November to Friday 23rd December 2011
Tickets £12 / £10 concessions
Tuesday to Saturday starts at 7.30pm – doors open 7.15pm. Sunday at 7pm, doors open 6.45pm.
Box Office: 020 8932 4747
Barons Court Theatre, “The Curtain’s Up”, 28A Comeragh Road W14
Nearest Tube: Barons Court (Piccadilly/District Lines)