‘Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book Of Darkness & Light… if you dare.’
Created by writer Adam Z. Robinson and musician Ben Styles, The Book Of Darkness & Light merges sinister storytelling, haunting violin music and an atmospheric ambience for an evening of chills, thrills and ill wills!
Three Chilling Tales…
With the ancient book in hand, The Storyteller weaves three ghostly tales whilst The Musician fills the room with a beautiful, haunting score.
In Girl, Dancing an ageing star becomes jealous of her step-daughter’s talent and makes a ghastly decision to get her out of the picture. In Plagued a cruel politician gets his comeuppance when he returns home one wintery night. And in The Bonehouse an historian comes face-to-face with the gruesome past of an abandoned village lock-up.
Two Ghostly Performers…
Adam, The Storyteller, is a writer of theatre, short fiction and film. His play ‘Conscientious’ toured the country in 2014 and his short film, ‘The Split’, starred Ed Hogg (of ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ fame) and has been included in several prestigious film festivals. Adam is currently working on a new storytelling show which he plans to take on tour next year.
Ben Styles, The Musician, has been playing music since he was seven years old. Whilst at university, Ben found a violin in a friend’s attic – an appropriate setting for this macabre musician! – and taught himself to play it. Within a year Ben had joined the band ‘Backyards’, with whom he played the BBC Introducing Stages at Leeds and Reading Festivals.
One Thrilling Night…
The Book Of Darkness & Light will be spooking up Skipton Library on Friday 4th November, starting at 7.30pm. You can find more details on the venue and how to book by clicking here, whilst a trailer of the show can be viewed here.
Tickets are selling fast so hurry to avoid disappointment. However, if you can’t make the Skipton event you can catch the performing pair at nearby dates in Keighley (1st December), Settle (8th December), Farsley (10th December) and Leeds (19th January).
Geek For Gothic
“I’m a geek for gothic literature” explains Adam as we chat on the phone. He name-checks author and mediaeval scholar M R James as well as Edith Nesbit – best known for writing ‘The Railway Children’ but whose short fiction was rich in the gothic tradition – as having had a big impact on his work. Whilst from the film world Adam cites Hitchcock’s mastery of suspense and gothic chillers such as The Orphanage and The Others as key influences.
And, coming from Halifax and living in Leeds, Adam is keen to emulate the gothic spirit that has influenced northern writers since the 18th century, most notably Yorkshire’s famous daughters Charlotte and Emily Brontë.
A Cinematic Experience
It’s clear that it’s this innovative fusion of Adam’s words and Ben’s music that creates such a special production.
“With our stories,” Adam says, “Ben’s music is like a score to a film – it’s hugely important and reflects what’s happening in the story. It’s part of the fabric of the show and helps create a cinematic experience for the audience.
“When we work together the story comes first and the music follows, but it’s fair to say the music is the unique selling point of what we do. And I always have Ben’s music in mind when I write. We’re hoping for two artistic elements to come together and enhance one another.”
And do they succeed? Well, The Skipton Press will be in attendance at their 4th November show, so, if we survive the fright, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Also, as part of the tour, Adam will be hosting some free creative writing workshops, so if you fancy writing a terrifying tale or two of your own then contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.