Company set to chill with horror writer’s most famous story

Casting the Runes
Casting the Runes

Award-winning theatre company Box Tale Soup return to Brighton Fringe with a classic tale from the master of British horror.

Following on from the success of their Northanger Abbey and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – both brought to life with just two performers, a vintage trunk and a troupe of puppets – award winning Box Tale Soup want to chill your heart this time, not warm it.

They turn their imaginative eye to the classic ghost stories of English author M R James.

Spokesman and performer Noel Byrne explains: “Their new show, Casting the Runes, is a fresh take on the writer’s most famous story, following scholar and sceptic Edward Dunning, whose life becomes a waking nightmare when he crosses paths with the enigmatic Mr Karswell.

In a desperate race for survival, Dunning must uncover the truth before Karswell’s mysterious powers claim another victim.

“Our advice? Don’t go alone!”

Casting the Runes is a brand-new adaptation written by the company, featuring an original soundtrack created for the show and Box Tale Soup’s signature blend of handmade props, puppetry and innovative theatre.

Performers Noel and Antonia have appeared in shows including Doctor Who, HBO’s Game of Thrones, BBC’s The Hour and CBBC’s Mission 2110.

Casting the Runes runs on May 25 and 26 and June 1 at 8pm in The Burrow at The Warren. Tickets are available from the Fringe box office on 01273 917272 or online at