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Award winning ghost story set to thrill Lancaster Grand

An award-winning ghost story comes to the Lancaster Grand later this month.

The Haunting of Blaine Manor is set in England, in 1953. Renowned American psychic investigator Doctor Roy Earle, famous for discrediting hauntings and exposing fake mediums, is invited to attend a seance in Blaine Manor, said to be the most haunted building in England.

However, Earle’s arrival awakens something horrific within the manor’s haunted walls. As a raging storm closes them off from the outside world, Earle and his companions find that what is waiting within the manor is not nearly as horrific as what has entered with him.

The production is described a love letter to both the Golden Age of Hollywood and England’s Hammer Horror era.

‘’This is horror built from the ground up, including the sound effects. I wanted the sound design to be entirely original, along with the music,’’ says writer and producer, Joe O’Bryne.

‘’As a cast we spent a rainy afternoon in a Sheffield sound studio, there we all went quite mad creating the most horrific of sound scapes, it chills audiences to the bone. The sound production and music are by Justin Wetherill, digital visuals and trailers are by Darren McGinn.

‘’The firecracker cast feature Peter Slater as Dr Roy Earle, Andrew Yates as Cairo, Jo Haydock as Vivian Rutledge, Jimmy Allen as Adolphus Scarabus, Ed Barry as Vincent De Lambré and Joe O’Byrne as Grady.

‘’And yes, for the film geeks I’ve had a good few nods to horror and noir classics down the years, that was part of the fun writing this, see if you can spot them.’’

The Haunting of Blaine Manor is performed at Lancaster Grand Theatre on Sunday, January 29.

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