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2:22 A Ghost Story at The Lowry

2:22 A Ghost Story at The Lowry

2:22 A Ghost Story has been a huge success since first opening on the West End in 2021. Numerous star casts have brought the story to life over the years, and this is the second visit to the Lowry after a very successful 2023 run. Danny Robins has written a simple story: husband and wife Jenny and Sam move into a new home together. The aging property is tatty round the edges, in need of some care and attention, with the usual creaks and bangs that an old house offers. Is it just a coincidence that things get worse at 2:22? Jenny believes the house is haunted, much to the annoyance of Sam. With the arrival of their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben, the evening is set for a discussion around ghostly happenings, personal opinions, and clashes of personality. The two couples agree to stay up until 2:22 to prove who is right.

The current tour casts Fiona Wade and George Rainsford as Jenny and Sam, both actors convincingly playing the young couple coping with a new baby and house renovations, capturing the occasional tender moment, but clearly revealing cracks in the relationship. Vera Chok takes on Lauren, an old uni friend of Sam’s, who turns up with the latest in a long line of boyfriends, Ben: Jay McGuiness making the most of the Essex builder with a penchant for the supernatural. Co-directed by Matthew Dunster and Isabel Marr bring out more humour than expected but concentrate on building the tension, building throughout the evening as we head towards the inevitable 2:22, with plenty of opportunity for each character to interact as a group and in 1-2-1 moments: the latter giving the audience an insight into relationships and opinion of others. The action is pacy, at times frantic, but the best moments are when the dialogue pauses and the silence starts - only broken by the underlying unnerving music…you can feel the tension in the audience. Anna Fleischle’s set design offers a very realistic home interior part way through being renovated, and cleverly incorporates a digital clock above the main doorway; a clock you continually look at to check where we are at in the evening’s timeline.

We originally saw the show in London, and it has been fascinating watching for a second time knowing how the story plays out. Of course, we can’t give anything away (you will become part of the exclusive club that keeps the secret), but we’d happily watch for a 3rd time. Clever, funny and just a little bit spine-chilling!

5 nervous stars from Canal Street Media.

Garry Thomas-Lowde Canal St Media

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Published: 5-Jun-2024 (7504)

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