The peculiar horrors of British holidays in the 1970s will be explored and celebrated when the acclaimed Leeds-based puppet theatre company Odd Doll bring their latest show to Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal on Friday 16 March at 7.30pm.
Seaside Terror draws its inspiration from British horror classics of the 1970s, such as Tales From the Crypt (1972) and From Beyond the Grave (1974) and is designed for audiences aged 12 and above. Funny, nostalgic and visually stunning, Odd Doll will use its trademark brew of puppetry, clowning and music to nerve-shattering effect as it reveals the sinister qualities of a fictitious seaside town.
In the spirit of the blood-curdling 70’s film genre, each of the five stories that make up the main plot has a moral quality, with characters receiving their just rewards for their bad behaviour.
In one tale, for example, a spoiled boy disappears after a fateful trip to an amusement arcade. In another, a mysterious creature wreaks bloody vengeance on all the characters who have been cruel to a sensitive bingo caller. Added to the mix are evil seagulls, zombie donkeys, vengeful ghosts and a particularly grotesque ice cream seller.
“We are very excited to be hosting a show like this at The Georgian Theatre Royal,” said Theatre Manager Clare Allen. “Odd Doll is one of the best puppet theatres around and we are sure that it will not only be excellent entertainment but perfect for those who want to experience something a little bit different. We urge people to come along and give it a try – if they dare!”