VPT’s Spooky Shorts return

Oct 30 2013 | By More

Details announced for Halloween frights down the Village Pub

The Village Pub Theatre Spooky Shorts. Halloween, 2013. Photo © VPTBy Thom Dibdin

Halloween sees the return of Village Pub Theatre’s Spooky Shorts, when a half dozen all-round disturbing and thrillsome new plays will be performed script-in-hand down at the Village Pub in Leith.

With details of the plays and performers announced, the evening already looks likely to be a cracker. Actors Jenny Hulse, Belle Jones, Sam Watson and Alan Mackenzie will be directed by VPT artistic director: Caitlin Skinner.

Some of the writers are threatening to dress up on the theme of their plays. Indeed, anyone arriving in fancy dress has been promised a free cake, from VPT’s notorious home-baking tray.

Speaking of the night, Skinner told Æ: “A Halloween brief seems to really inspire our writers and we have work which takes us into the disturbing, magical, comic and the very real. I am expecting some equally well inspired Halloween home baking this month too!”

As previously announced, the night will include Traverse regular Catherine Grosvenor, who is bringing a sequel to last year’s Brendan Bakes. That concerned a little boy all alone in a dark cold house in rural Ireland, baking a cake for his dead mummy. When he opened the door to let the heat out, he let a fairy in…

Also returning is Sophie Good’s tale of cold cuts: HAM. The four other plays – in no particular order – are Bunny and Amora, by Colin Bell; Hitchhiker by Grace Cleary; The Last Guest by Mandy Lee; and He took great care of his head by James Ley.

Spooky Shorts
Thurs 31 Oct 2013 (doors 7.30pm, show 8pm)
The Village pub 16 South Fort Street, Leith, EH6 4DN
Entry: £3 on the door.
Home baking will be available.
Fancy dress will be rewarded with an item from the baking tray.
Pumpkin Pie is likely to be on the menu.
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