Sat, Oct

The Game of Candles – Ghost Tales from Japan

7:30pm – 8:45pm
£15.50 (advance sales)

In Edo period Japan, a night-time game of one hundred flickering candles and one hundred supernatural tales became a widespread folk phenomenon – Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai.

After each teller finished their story, a candle would be extinguished, plunging the room, by small degrees, into a darkness filled with ever more hungry ghosts…

Ravenous flying heads; demon masks that possess the wearer; faceless ghosts; goblin-rats, women made of snow; seductive statues; warrior monks; abandoned farmhouses; haunted bridges; mountaintops and lonely roads…
Superlative storytellers Tim Ralphs and Sarah-Liisa Wilkinson call in the sinister and the strange to pay tribute to this unnerving folk custom with a night of haunting tales from around the world. Join them as flickering flames illuminate the Living whilst the encroaching shadows make space for the Dead.

Tickets are £15.50, with a limited number available at £8.50 for under 30s.

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