Ghost story fans urged to send in their favourites to appear in spooky new show

Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles as The Storyteller and The Musician in the Book of Darkness and Light.
Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles as The Storyteller and The Musician in the Book of Darkness and Light.

Ghost story fans are being urged to send in their favourite spooky tale to appear in a gripping new show.

The Book of Darkness and Light is set to have audiences on the edge of their seat when it takes to the stage at The Customs House in South Shields on Friday, October 6.

Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles as The Storyteller and The Musician in the Book of Darkness and Light.

Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles as The Storyteller and The Musician in the Book of Darkness and Light.

The show which comes to the town as part of a four-month national tour aims to give the audience a new storytelling experience from writer Adam Z Robinson and musician Ben Styles.

The show uses a combination of original ghost stories and live violin music to create performances that are spooky, mesmerising and charming.

Each show includes some short, local ghost stories and legends specific to the location, so Adam and Ben are brushing up on their knowledge of South Shields and would love to hear your spooky tales.

Adam said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing our ghost stories to The Customs House.

Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles as The Storyteller and The Musician in the Book of Darkness and Light.

Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles as The Storyteller and The Musician in the Book of Darkness and Light.

“The Book of Darkness and Light is an evening of chilling, enthralling tales, all set off with a live, haunting violin score. 
“It’s perfect for this time of year as the dark nights are drawing in.

“Part of the show references local ghost stories and legends and it’s always fascinating to hear about the tales each town and city has.

“We can’t wait to see what South Shields has in store for us.”

Legend has it that many years ago, a book of terrifying tales was found.

With the ancient book in hand, The Storyteller tells three chilling tales ranging from the moving to the macabre, as The Musician fills the room with a beautiful, haunting score.

In Plagued, a cruel politician gets his comeuppance when he returns home one wintery night.

In Girl, Dancing, an ageing stage star becomes jealous of her step-daughter’s fame, making a ghastly decision to get her out of the picture.

In The Bonehouse, a historian comes face-to-face with the gruesome history of an abandoned village lock-up.

The Book of Darkness and Light tour is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

To submit your spooky South Shields tale, or suggest a local legend to be told, e-mail contact@thebookofdarknessandlight.com and Adam will weave the best stories into the show, which starts at 7.45pm.

To book tickets, priced £12 or £10 for Friends of The Customs House, contact the box office on: 0191 454 1234 or book online at www.thecustomshouse.co.uk.