Gothic terror tales Upon The Stair take over Harrogate Theatre from tonight

Upon The Stair: playing Harrogate Theatre from tonight

HARROGATE Theatre is teaming up with Adam Z Robinson to co-produce his Gothic terror tales Upon The Stair.

Traditional storytelling, live music and fully integrated British Sign Language (BSL) combine to bring three macabre ghost stories to life at Harrogate Theatre tonight until Saturday.

In The Cry Of The Bubák, a haunted man flees to a health facility to escape his past, only to have it catch up with him in a most horrifying way.

In Mirrorman, a family moves to an old house on the edge of town and discovers that the previous owner may not have left after all.

In The Xylotheque, a librarian visits the estate of a doctor with a nefarious reputation and comes face to face with his diabolical practices.

Each tale is scripted by writer/performer Robinson, who was supported by Harrogate Theatre previously when presenting his ghostly tales from The Book Of Darkness & Light.

Adam Z Robinson’s Shivers

Through Robinson working with deaf consultants and linguists Adam Bassett and Brian Duffy, his latest script has been developed and translated into British Sign Language and Visual Vernacular, making Upon The Stair accessible for d/Deaf audiences without the need of an interpreter on stage.

Performed by deaf actor and dancer Raffie Julien, the show is billed as “a truly remarkable gothic performance like never witnessed before”, featuring a live violin score composed and played by Chloe Hayward.

After two national tours of his first show, The Book Of Darkness & Light, and 30-plus dates  for his follow-up, Shivers – both performed in Harrogate Theatre’s Studio – Robinson returns with his “most exciting, ambitious and gripping production yet”, directed by Edinburgh Fringe First Award winner Dick Bonham.

Upon The Stair is a co-production with Harrogate Theatres, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, and producers LittleMight; the two venues providing support, space and creative input to produce the show.

Robinson’s play premiered at Square Chapel on January 11 and has since played Salisbury Theatre from January 16 to 18. More dates will be announced soon for Autumn 2020. 

Upon The Stair, Harrogate Theatre, February 25 to 29, 7.30pm nightly and 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Box office: 01423 502116 or at

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