Things that go bump in the theatre

The cast of a new stage show revel in conjuring up the supernatural.

Do you believe in the afterlife? In things that go bump in the night? Or are you just really frightened by Melbourne’s sky-high house prices? If you said “yes” to any of this, you may feel a shiver of anticipation, as if someone walked over your grave, for Olivier Award-nominated West End show 2:22 – A Ghost Story at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Penned by journalist and playwright Danny Robins, who created the popular BBC Radio 4 podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and directed by Olivier-nominated Matthew Dunster, the Australian staging casts model-turned-actor Gemma Ward and Crazy Rich Asians star Remy Hii as Jenny and Sam, a young couple who have over-extended themselves to afford their crumbling Footscray home. She’s convinced it’s haunted by an unquiet spirit tramping around their baby’s nursery at 2:22 am in the dead of every night. Sam’s sceptical, but Jenny has invited her old college mate Lauren (Ruby Rose, John Wick: Chapter 2) and her new partner Ben (Daniel MacPherson, Poker Face) for dinner. They hit on the idea of staying up all night to find out.

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Stephen A Russell is a Melbourne-based arts writer. His writing regularly appears in Fairfax publications, SBS online, Flicks, Time Out, The Saturday Paper, The Big Issue and Metro magazine. You can hear him on Joy FM.