We wanted to try something different here in 2016, and decided to conjure up some strange, magical and spooky experiences for those who like their spirits served up in a sheet rather than a cocktail glass. These have proved immensely popular so we are going to have more in 2017! However, we are sadly unable to keep up with the demand for tickets and the shows are selling out within a few hours of release. We would therefore implore you to join the mailing list to make sure you get as much notice as possible (unless, of course, you have psychic powers of your own and know the dates even before we do)! On the 16th March 2017 we are hosting 'SCREAM NIGHT' (SOLD OUT), a show comprising of two terrifying stories by M R James and performed by the Nunkie Theatre Company. M R James is acknowledged as the master of the English ghost story. 'SEANCE' will take place on the 5th April (SOLD OUT). Our next available 'SEANCE' is going to be held in October, but we do have two very spooky Bedtime Story Nights in May and June (TALES OF GOTHIC HORROR AND VAMPIRE LOVE' in May, and 'TALES FROM THE GRAVE' in June) if you can't wait that long. Check the Bedtime Story Nights page for more details.
At 'SCREAM NIGHT', the Nunkie Theatre Company will be presenting ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’, a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast, considered by many to be the author’s masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented by ‘The Ash Tree’, also by M R James, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.
Robert Lloyd Parry’s one man show has had some amazing reviews: 'Riveting… wonderful, magical storytelling. A pleasing reminder that the spoken word can be as spine-chilling as anything in the cinema' (The Daily Mail). 'Lloyd Parry is always absorbing, and catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality' (The Times). 'Parry's beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine' (Metro). 'Remarkable. Lloyd Parry is a natural storyteller, well able to hold, amuse and frighten his audience' (The Stage). 'Superbly chilling!' (Country Life).
'SEANCE', is a carefully contrived reconstruction of the Victorian Seance by Vienna-based master illusionist and former theologian, Philipp Oberlohr. It is an immersive, intimate experience combining illusion, spectacle and some profound perturbation. It has toured Europe and has been performed in theatres (including the Barbican, Arcola, Yard, and Lyric Hammersmith), cemeteries and even a Masonic Temple. It has had lots of fantastic press: 'the accuracy of his guesses: genuinely spooky!' (Time Out), 'Intelligent, artistic, very funny, and a master class in impressive illusions. Unmissable. It’s mind-blowingly good. Oberlohr is a marvellous entertainer with tremendous charisma… a truly entertaining riot of amazement and amusement. Go see it.' (Everything Theatre), 'supernatural… a spooky one man show' (Irish Times).
Times: We open our doors at 7.00pm, and start the performances promptly at 8.03pm. We aim to return you to reality by 10.45pm.
Tickets: A very modest £30 per head, including unusually nice 'Our/London' cocktails and canapes. Please note that we do not sell tickets at the door, and we strongly suggest that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Our events always sell out!
Where: 40 Winks, 109 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ
Nearest tube: Stepney Green (a three minute stroll in slippers)
Dressiquette: A dress code of elegant and glamorous jimjams and nighties is strictly enforced, but with fabulous prizes for the most dazzling, glamorous and flirtatious, it is well worth making an effort to impress and seduce.