Written & Directed by Joe O’Byrne
Winner of The Salford Star Best Play of 2017 Award
England, 1953. Renowned American parapsychologist Doctor Roy Earle, famous for discrediting hauntings and exposing fake mediums, is invited to attend a seance in Blaine Manor, said to be the most haunted building in England.
However, Earle’s arrival awakes something horrific within the manor’s walls. As a raging storm closes them off from the outside world, Earle and his companions find that what is waiting within the manor is not nearly as horrific as what has entered with him.
In the spirit of M R James, England’s most accomplished ghost story writer (Casting the Runes, Whistle and I’ll Come To You My Lad, The Haunted Doll’s House) and with a nod to the classic black and white film classics of Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayor, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. O’Byrne’s award winning production of The Haunting of Blaine Manor is a love letter to both the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Hammer Horror Era. An appreciation of the fabulous characters played by the likes of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Bette Davis, Peter Lorre and more.
“A horror masterclass from one of our very best and busiest writers” The Salford Star
“We should not be surprised that O’Byrne has a knack for the classic ghost story” Manchester Theatre Awards
“A superbly crafted ghost story with all the pace of a hard boiled detective thriller, tinged with Hollywood glamour and a good old taste of horror.” Grimsby Telegraph
“Shocking reveals and really fantastic character work from the cast. The Haunting of Blaine Manor feels plucked out of the old BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas and is highly recommended.” Bloody-Flicks.co.uk