A Supernatural Double Bill from North Country Theatre
Friday - September 22, 2017
Now celebrating 21 years, North Country Theatre is embarking on its latest production "Nightmares in Norfolk" which is touring to over 40 different venues this autumn.
Artistic Director Nobby Dimon has planned a supernatural double bill with two adaptors, using two terrifying tales from two famous writers, featuring two actors, one told tongue-in-cheek, the other... straight down the line.
Charles Dickens The Signalman and a second tale based on M R James’s Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, form this intriguing double bill. Simon Corble joined Nobby Dimon in adapting The 39 Steps for North Country Theatre’s first production back in 1996. The play went on to become a West End and Broadway hit, winning many awards. A version of The 39 Steps is still playing in theatres across the world apparently, as the company gets photographs of posters from globe-trotting fans, who remember seeing the original production in a village hall all those years ago. Twenty-one years on Simon Corble has adapted the Dickens and that master of the ripping yarn Nobby Dimon will offer a North Country take to the M R James.
Another person returning to the company, but this time in a change of roles is Vivienne Garnett who will be directing Dimon. He has passed his director’s baton on as he is one of the actors in this entertaining double bill, along with North Country regular Mark Cronfield.
Garnett notes “The themes of these two short stories are very similar; faith versus fact, the supernatural, the reliability of one's own brain, yet they are very different in tone. Corble's adaptation focuses on the dark psychology of his characters whilst Dimon has created a tongue in cheek take on the genre that still manages to establish a sense of unease.”
Discover how North Country Theatre has risen to the challenge of how to create two contrasting atmospheres within one coherent evening of theatrical entertainment. Nightmares in Norfolk opens at the Georgian Theatre as part of Richmond’s Walking & Book Festival on September 27th & 28th before touring the region through to its last night at Reeth Memorial Hall on December 2nd.