Scares and suspense in two spooky stories

Jack Shepherd in The Signalman
Jack Shepherd in The Signalman

Classic Ghosts, 
DevonshirePark Theatre, Eastbourne

Eastbourne theatregoers are really lucky to have a play featuring two of Britain’s best actors in town this week.

Jack Shepherd, who is known to millions of fans as the TV detective Wycliffe, and Terence Hardiman, who has been seen in many films and TV shows, star in two great ghost stories under the combined title Classic Ghosts.

The first story Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad will have you jumping out of your seat in fear at every turn. It is a creepy tale told in subdued light with a great set featuring a back projection of the beach and the sea.

The sound effects add to the evening’s suspense and Michael Lunney has directed and designed a production that will test your nerves and leave you quivering in your seats.

Dicken Ashworth is a worthy hotel manager where the Professor (Jack Shepherd) is staying when he discovers a whistle that leads to a terrifying conclusion. His saviour is his golf partner Colonel Wilson, played by Terence Hardiman.

After the interval a completely different type of story is told, The Signalman by Charles Dickens with a different set. This is a psychological ghost story with an unexpected twist at the end.

To see such acting and such suspense in Eastbourne is a real treat and test of a good ghost story is to make you go home scared of your own shadow.

This production definitely passes the test.

By Amanda Wilkins