The Séance was commissioned in 2008, by The Winchester Hat Fair and Arts Fresco, Market Harborough, supported by the Without Walls Consortium in 2009 and funded by the Arts Council of England.
Psychic medium Hazel Doe is waiting for you to step across the threshold of her mysterious reception room – a popular haunt.
When you are sitting comfortably, she will lift the veil between this world and the next and…talk to the spirits. If she’s up to it, you may even witness a rare spiritual manifestation. Beware, a ghostly finger may be pointing to you.
The Séance was a 15 minute, intimate theatre piece, set in a highly ornate and dimly lit Victorian parlour. A group of 20 entered the room, held hands in the dark and experienced a Séance at the hands of Hazel Doe – mystic to the stars and her spirit guide Colin.
This beautifully performed, eloquently structured work was definitely a highlight of City of Secrets. It brings together elements of traditional fairground, sideshow culture and contemporary performance giving them a popular appeal, which transcends the sum of its parts. Highly recommended.
Jonathan Holloway, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Devisers: Lucy Bradridge, Flick Ferdinando, Bernadette Russell, Paschale Straiton, with support from John Paul Zaccarini and Brenda Waite
Set Design: Charlie Camm, with support from James Chaplin, David Bernstein and Graeme Gilmour
Sound Design: Mercedes Maresca
Creative Producers: Sarah Sansom and Ayla Suveren for Time Wont Wait