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Bury theatre company to let audience decide how much they pay for Halloween show

Bring Out Your Dead Productions rehearse for The Rats in The Walls & Other Tales ANL-150710-142814001
Bring Out Your Dead Productions rehearse for The Rats in The Walls & Other Tales ANL-150710-142814001

What was our show worth? That’s what a Bury St Edmunds theatre company will ask when it lets the audience decide how much they pay to watch its Halloween show.

Bring Out Your Dead Productions will serve up an evening of gothic horror stories with ‘The Rats in The Walls & Other Tales’ in the Farmers’ Club’s Lower Lounge on October 29 and 30.

Adding a further twist to the occasion, a new pricing method ‘pay what you decide’ will see audiences book tickets in advance but pay how much they want when the show ends.

Greg Hanson, an artistic director at Bring Out Your Dead, said he had been inspired by a theatre in Stockton, who tried the venture for a whole season and ended up making more money than they originally would have.

He says the initiative is designed to make theatre more accessible and hopes it will establish a working relationship with their audience who will be given the chance to fill out feedback forms.

Mr Hanson said: “As a theatre maker it’s going to be quite exposing but very interesting to see how people respond to it. You will get a very honest response when you ask people to respond with money.”

Rats in The Walls & Other Tales is a Twilight Zone-esque production of stories by H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe including The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cats of Ulthar and The Rats in The Walls.

The show is a two hander with two performers - Mr Hanson and George Parry.

The company, whose named is based on their ethos of finding new ways to tell old stories. was founded in 2013 by Mr Hanson, 25, and Hatty Ashton, 22, who is currently studying at RADA in London.

The pair, who attended King Edward VI School, are former Young Associates at the Theatre Royal, in Bury.

Rats in the Walls will be the company’s second production after they staged Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2013 at the Guildhall. Mr Hanson, who works in the Theatre Royal box office,: “In the past six months we’ve expanded the team looking at where we’re going in the future and planning a lot of small scale performances so we can hopefully do something quite big.”

In 2017 they aim to produce a Frank Vosper piece, People Like Us, and will look for public funding.

They recommend tickets be booked in advance and the audience can pay by cash or card after the performance. Visit {http://bringoutyourdeadproductions.com/current-productions/#tickets |http://bringoutyourdeadproductions.com|click here}


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