An unsettling ghost story in the mould of Susan Hill’s chilling hit The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror is staged as if audiences are eavesdroppers to a fireside ghost story told in the manner of the master of the classic English ghost story writer, M.R. James.
Mr James Monmouth has spent most of his life travelling, following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, the explorer Conrad Vane. Returning to the England he left as a five year old orphan, James is determined to discover more, not just about his origins but also about the early life of Vane. Warned against pursuing this quest, James becomes ever more determined to unravel the mysteries of the past. But who is the mysterious pale, thin little boy who haunts his every step?
Adapted by Ian Kershaw, from author Susan Hill’s novel, The Mist in the Mirror, is a tense and atmospheric new production by Oldham Coliseum Theatre with visual theatre innovators imitating the dog creating an unsettling ethereal atmosphere both on stage and off. Susan Hill is no stranger to the stage – the adaptation of her novel The Woman in Black was a hugely successful play which became the blockbuster film starring Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame).
Ian Kershaw’s work includes Candyland, winner of the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange Theatre (2007); Get Ken Barlow, Watford Palace Theatre (2005); Union Street (2007) and Star Cross’d (2012), Oldham Coliseum Theatre. His television work includes The Mill (Channel 4) which he co-wrote with Debbie Oates.