The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft
About the show
The Company presents a new adaptation of H.P. Lovercraft's classic tale. In the isolated, desolate and decrepit village of Dunwich, Wilbur Whateley, a most unusual child, is born. Of unnatural parentage, he grows at an uncanny pace to an unsettling height, but the boy's arrival simply precedes that of a true horror, a cosmic terror from beyond the stars.
|Professor Henry Armitage||John Ansari|
|Wilbur Whateley||Phil Lloyd|
|Curtis Whateley||Phil Mason|
|Sally Sawyer||Erin Whyte|
|Professor Wendy Rice||Monica Gallo|
|Dr Francis Morgan||Neil Sullivan|
|‘Wizard’ Whateley||Ken Rowe|
|Lavinia Whateley||Lucy Alice Jepson|
|Zechariah Whateley||Alex Moore|
|Earl Sawyer||Nigel Harper|
|Luther Brown||Benjamin Blake|
|Mamie Bishop||Alice Schofield|
|George Corey||Jennifer Peake|
|Helen Corey||Canan Cahit|
|Elmer Frye||Michael Dempsey|
|Selina Frye||Abi Bower|
|Silas Jones||Jaimie Watts|
|Miss Howard||Rosalind Hulse|
|Miss Phillips||Samantha Atkin|
|Dr Houton||“Walter Plinge”|
|Director||Daniel J. Wild|
|Assistant Director||Emma Portus|
|Production Manager||John Ansari|
|Stage Manager||Suzie James|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Jaimie Watts|
|Lighting Engineer||Emily Foster|
|Set Design||Emma Portus & Alison Munro|
|Front of House||Sharon Faulkner|
|Box Office||Neil Sullivan|
|Website Design||Tony Kennick|
|Publicity||Suzie James & Emma Portus|
|Printed Material||Andy Staley & Emma Portus|
|Rehearsal Prompt||Alan Wade|
The Director’s bit:
Take one part H.P. Lovecraft weird tale (preferably of the pulpier variety), one part Hammer Horror and one part ‘The Company’s’ usual blend of pop culture references & witty dialogue that define our adaptions.
Mix in an eclectic cast willing to throw themselves into their roles, strain through the gradually diminishing sanity of a first-time director and sprinkle with some innovative effects.
This should give you just the tongue-in-cheek tonic full of enough frightful fun to put you in the mood for the Halloween season.
The Dunwich Horror has been one of my favourite of HP Lovecraft’s tales since my university days so when a friend asked during the post-aftershow party breakfast “why aren’t there more horror plays?” a chain of events ultimately led to me adapting it for The Company to unleash upon our audiences.
Thankfully from the moment I produced the finished script I have had the full support of The Company behind me in the form of a supportive backstage crew who have excelled themselves with the various effects, and a wonderful cast who have gone above & beyond putting as much personality & life into a very ‘eclectic’ cast of characters (despite the various setbacks that have now become a Company tradition).
And of course a huge thank you to my Assistant Director Emma who has repeatedly prevented me from going through my own Lovecraftian descent into madness during the rehearsal period.
Finally there is a phrase of my fathers that through all the madness, confusion, setbacks, triumphs, tragedies and general bizarreness of directing have helped guide me on and kept me going through my most darkest hours I want to share…
“When you can spin a tale out of chaos, it all makes sense.”
Words to live by Dad, words to live by.