15:30, Sat 3rd December 2005 - Sun 4th December 2005 at Fitzwilliam Museum Founder's Library
19:30, Wed 7th December 2005 - Sat 10th December 2005 at Corpus Playroom
15:30, Sat 10th December 2005 - Sun 11th December 2005 at Fitzwilliam Museum Founder's Library
Michaelmas Week 8 to Christmas Vacation
101 years after their first publication, the ghost stories of M R James can still send a shiver down the spine. Now Nunkie Theatre Company are bringing two of the eeriest and most entertaining back to life - hard by the very places where they were originally conceived and performed.
In 'Canon Alberic's Scrap-book', a Cambridge antiquary discovers the dark sie of the manuscript illumination, in a medieval town in the French Pyrenees....
In 'The Mezzotint' a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator....
'A Pleasing Terror' will be performed in two venues closely associated with the author. The beautiful and atmospheric Founder's Library of the Fitzwilliam would have been James' office when he was Director of the Musuem. The public will have a rare chance to judge for themselves how fr the dark corners and book-lined walls of this marvellous interior may have influenced his supernatural fiction.
The Corpus Playroom is within sight of King's College, where James spent much of his life and where he first performed the stories to friends at Christmas - friends who doubtless smiled, but who also perhaps shifted a little uneasily in their seats as the strange don pursued his singular hobby of 'inspiring a pleasing terror....'