Phantoms: A stage play based on Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees

Halloween premiere for Ghosts of Wales theatre show

Sitting at home reading spooky stories by candlelight is all well and good, but there’s something EXTRA special about experiencing them in a dimly-lit auditorium surrounding by fellow ghost fans.

For Halloween 2018, I teamed up with Swansea-based Fluellen Theatre Company to bring three long-lost ghost stories to the theatre stage. And to make it even creepier, they were all based on real-life paranormal activity reported in Wales.

Phantoms: A stage play based on Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees
Phantoms: A stage play based on Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees

Entitled Phantoms, the script was adapted by Francis Hardy, and it premiered to a packed Swansea Grand Theatre Arts Wing on Saturday, October 27, 2018 – just in time for Nos Calan Gaeaf.

The performance went very well – and by well, I mean everyone jumped and laughed in all the right places! – and the feedback has been fantastic, so I’d say that there’s a 99.9% chance that it will be revived very soon.

Phantoms: A stage play based on Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees
The finished article: Mark Rees proudly pointing at the finished Phantoms script.

A huge thank you to the fantastic cast, and everyone who made it possible:

Cast
• Brendan Purcell as The Storyteller
All other characters played by
• Matthew Bool
• Georgia Griffiths
• Alison Lenihan
• Christopher Pegler-Lambert

Phantoms: A stage play based on Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees
“She’s behind you!”: The cast of Phantoms at Swansea Grand Theatre

Director: Peter Richards

Stage manager: Claire Novelli

Sound and lighting: Richard Davies

If anyone is interested in hosting the production, or maybe even staging your own version, then please get in touch. Or if you were in the audience and survived to tell the tale, I’ll love to hear your thoughts!

For more Welsh ghost stories, check out Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees.