No-one ever stayed in the dark,
brooding house for very long. There was something wrong there, very wrong. A
brilliant doctor takes up residence only to die violently. What is the terrible
secret hidden behind the doors of the house by the river? When the dead man's
brother decides to investigate he sets in motion a chain of events which will
eventually lead him to a vortex of
terror. He pursues the truth through the gas-lit, fog-filled streets of
Victorian London until eventually he is forced to confront the horrifying
truth. There in the flickering shadows of the house of fear the secret of his
brother's death is finally revealed and he finds that perhaps death is only
THE HAUNTERS is a gothic horror story which provides an eerie evening...the two actors, Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden are ideal as the Victorian doctor and solicitor and together with director Jim Dunk create just the right amount of tension and eerie atmosphere in this supernatural tale. If you like ghost stories, haunted houses and hansom cabs dashing across London, dash to this... This haunting tale makes for a seriously creepy evening...spine chilling...an extremely creepy ending.
The result bears a marked resemblance to the West End long runner 'The Woman In Black', with the same resort to graveside solemnity, shadowy silhouettes, ghostly shrieks and murmuring voices in which two men are scared out of their wits by past events too horrible to contemplate.
The set is minimal and is effective in the graveyard scenes where the lighting creates a sinister atmosphere and ingenious in suggesting a hansom cab in which the solicitor dashes to save his client. The ghostliest effects are produced by the wails and screams coming from a source in the auditorium itself.
THE MALTA TIMES
"The last play I saw was 'The Haunters' which was outstanding. This was the first play I saw here and the main reason I returned."
MIDDLESBROUGH THEATRE AUDIENCE SURVEY
"Great show. I'd like to see more of this company - very realistic."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this performance and would definitely return if this company were to come back to the Riverside."
"Excellent. Brilliant story telling. Wonderful."
"Fantastic to see two great actors holding an audience so captive. Wonderful story telling, wonderful performance - a real treat."
"Atmosphere was thoroughly haunting. A drama well worth seeing which has you gripped from beginning to end."
"Simply marvellous - not a sound from the audience. Well done. Encore."
RIVERSIDE THEATRE, Coleraine
Premiered at The Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio, Guildford
The play has been performed to near packed houses at;
King's Lynn Arts Centre
Palace Theatre, Newark
The Stables, Hastings
The Heron Theatre, Cumbria
Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Maidenhead
Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio, Guildford (2002, 2015)
Manoel Theatre, Malta
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
East Kilbride Arts Centre
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
The Playhouse, Sleaford
Ellen Terry Theatre, Kent
Brookside Theatre, Romford
Brunton Theatre, Mussleburgh
Well Theatre, Moffat
Bowhill House, Selkirk
Town Hall Theatre, Hamilton
Paisley Arts Centre
Arts Guild, Greenock
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Birnam Institute For The Arts
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 2008,2014
North Edinburgh Arts Centre
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
Market Theatre, Armagh 2006, 2014
Island Arts Centre, Lisburn