Ghost Town

“Amazing, you could have heard a pin drop from the suspense.”
—Audience feedback from Upwood Village Hall

“This was a great play, well staged, acted, wonderful soundtrack…The connections were not blatant all the time which was great because it let you realise for yourself what was happening.”
—Audience feedback from the Colchester Arts Centre

“Magic!”
—Audience feedback from The Cut

ghosttown

Every boom has its bust

Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Bodie was one of the richest mining camps of the Californian Gold Rush. After years of prosperity, good fortune and greed, the streams are about to run dry. Ghost Town follows the inhabitants of Bodie fighting to survive as the mines shut down, jealousies spark and a final showdown looms.

With breathtaking imagery and virtuosic live music, Ghost Town continues Limbik’s search into the stories buried in epic landscapes. A western for our times, the company explores the lengths we go to avoid the ghosts of our past and how we cope when the facts get in the way of the legend.

The Idea
Ghost Town moves between the past and the present; between a broken family in roadside town high in Bridgeport, California, and the larger than life characters who once populated the ghost town just above it. Inspiration for both the style and story come from the great westerns of cinema history*—a miner struggling to keep his job as his wife keeps up appearances in her new life, when a ghost from her past rides into town. Along the way, we meet a host of colourful characters whose own lives have gone from boom to bust, and who remain haunted by the people they were or things they have done.

Themes
Boom and bust, being haunted by your past, love and betrayal.

Show History
Directed by Omar Elerian (Associate Director, The Bush Theatre, London), Devised by Limbik, based on an original idea and writing by Ben Samuels.

Supported by Escalator Performing Arts, Ghost Town was created between 2010 and 2011, as the scale of our current economic recession was becoming clear. As the show developed, the connections between the boom and bust of a gold rush mining town and our current global economy worked their way into the production. The show toured Sufolk in Autumn 2011, where audiences found it moving, captivating and prescient. We are thrilled to be touring Ghost Town further afeld this Autumn.

Genre
Physical/Visual/Devised theatre

Music
The show is underscored by live music, providing an atmospheric soundtrack to the show. Honkytonk piano, trumpet, percussion and dulcimer evoke the flm scores of Ennio Morricone and the sounds of the West.

Tour Dates
26 Sept-26 October 2013

Length
75 mins (no interval)

Target audiences
Drama students 14+ (GCSE, A-level, BA), people who love Westerns, Physical theatre and new work audiences, Live music audiences

Workshops
Yes—the company have piloted a series of workshops and professional masterclasses, developed in conjunction with their productions. We are experienced teachers of all ages: young people, university students, and adults.

* High Noon, Shane, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Wild Bunch, Once Upon a Time in the West, Unforgiven, The Magnificent Seven, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Red River, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, McCabe and Mrs Miller.

Download Ghost Town Tour Pack here.