THE SIGNALMAN By Charles Dickens is Coming to the Old Red Lion Theatre
A signalman is haunted by a mysterious figure standing at the mouth of a train tunnel. He's sure it's a warning - but what is it warning against?The Signalman was Charles Dickens' final completed work, written after the writer himself had survived a train crash. This adaptation by Martin Malcolm ('Warped' - VAULT Festival 2019) remains faithful to the original text but also incorporates other aspects of Dickens' writing, including the introduction of Joe the crossing sweeper, who listens as the signalman's tale unfolds.
The story was famously adapted by the BBC in the 1970s as one of the popular Ghost Stories for Christmas, starring Denholm Elliott as the signalman.
When & where:
The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, Islington, EC1V 4NJ
10th of December 2019 - 04th of January 2020
Tuesday to Saturday at 8.30pm. Saturday matinees at 4pm
Press night: Thursday 12th of December at 8.30pm
Website / booking link: https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/the-signalman.html
Tim Larkfield - The Signalman: Tim trained at the Poor School. Theatre credits include: Noel Coward's Private Lives (Lauderdale House and UK Tour), The Silk of 1,000 Spiders (Fort Luton, Chatham, for Icon Theatre), GAPS (Katzpace), We're Here Because We're Here (National Theatre), Between a Man and a Woman (Battersea Barge). TV and Film includes: Alan Turing in Let's Do Philosophy, Alcatraz, Werewolves of the Third Reich, No Such Thing As Monsters, Teeth, We Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (Cannes Short Film Festival 2019). Tim has also performed regularly at short story event Liars' League, and with improvisation group Three Worlds.
Helen Baranova - Joe: Helen trained at the Poor School. Theatre credits include: Wrecked (Derby Theatre, Lounge Festival), The Silk of 1,000 Spiders(Fort Luton, Chatham, for Icon Theatre), Typecast (Moscow Art Theatre School), Mariage Blanc (Asylum Chapel), 7 Sins (Cockpit Theatre). She has filmed two lead roles in independent short films this year, which are currently being shown at international film festivals; Maya Galkina, a Russian speaking military drone operator in The Occupant and Arline Feynman, wife of famous physicist Richard Feynman in I Love My Wife. Helen is also a Motion Capture performer with many years of experience in gymnastics and judo.
Sam Raffal - Director: Sam trained at the Poor School & Identity School of Acting. Theatre credits include: The Hang of the Gaol (Rolling Sky), 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Blunt Pyramid), Locker Room Talk (Quantum Frolic), The Time of Your Life, 94,000 (Caravan Theatre). Film and TV includes: Tracy Beaker Returns (BBC), Taity Trilogy (Sour Little Sweetie), Chimes, Off-Centre(Spleen). His directorial debut, Fake News, was a total sell-out at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Signalman is the second show he has directed.
Press from previews at the Clapham Fringe and Brighton HorrorFest:
"This new spin on Dickens' classic is well worth catching" a??a??a??a?? London Pub Theatres
"Breathes new life into this haunting and spine-chillingly classic tale" a??a??a??a?? Art and Theatre Reviews
Why 'The Signalman'?
Actor/producer Tim Larkfield said:
"When I first read Martin Malcolm's script I was struck by the immediacy of the storytelling and the characterisation. I love ghost stories as a genre and I'm really excited to have the chance to bring Charles Dickens' last completed work to life. I love the way that Martin has written the piece; if you read the original story, it's very faithful to Dickens' text, but also brings out other aspects of the character and some more universal themes like mental health and PTSD. I hope people who see the show will feel their spine tingling, but also be surprised or moved in ways they might not expect."
Writer Martin Malcolm said:
"The Signalman is a masterpiece of darkness and suspense and far more than just a ghost story. Dickens wrote it the year after being caught up in a devastating train crash. The rail company tried to pin responsibility on the track workers, but Dickens refuses to blame or condemn. Published in 1866, The Signalman could have been written for our times. It's a world of zero hour contracts, insecurity and hidden addiction and at its heart is a man unable to talk about or cope with a crisis in his mental health. Like all the great classics, it's not about then, it's about now. And it's not about them, it's about us. Oh and did I mention? There's a ghost!"
Paragon Theatre Collective are: Sam Raffal & Tim Larkfield.