Scarred for Life: Folk Horror Special
When it comes to vintage creepiness, “Folk Horror” has become a thrilling genre in its own right. From terrifying films like The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General to the weird folklore of The Owl Service and even the gentle thrills of Worzel Gummidge, the popular culture of the late 20th century is riddled with dark magic and eerie stone circles. And, indeed, a feeling that something ancient and distinctly unpleasant lies just beneath the soil…
Since 2017, Stephen Brotherstone has been expertly chronicling the terrifying popular culture of the 1970s and ‘80s as co-writer of the acclaimed Scarred For Life books. Fortean Times columnist Bob Fischer, meanwhile, is the creator of The Haunted Generation, a multi-media exploration of the weirder side of the 1970s childhood.
In this brand new live show, Stephen and Bob will be unearthing the twisted, buried artefacts of Folk Horror. Penda’s Fen, Robin Redbreast and the BBC’s classic Ghost Stories For Christmas are all in their sights, together with more recent additions like Midsommer and Enys Men. And, of course, the recently-unearthed “lost” Folk Horror classic, Sex Witches of the Fens…
This is a sequel to the original Scarred For Life show, a crowd favourite at Harrogate Theatre back in 2022! And afterwards there’ll be a Q&A, so feel free to chip in with your own thoughts on the genre. And, indeed, to let us know if you’re concerned about the strange whistle you’ve just uncovered on the beach…
“A charming look back at a time when pop culture was used to scare the living daylights out of every child and adult across the land” – Louder Than War
“It might just stop the nightmares” – We Are Cult
“Such an engaging and fascinating read” – Horrified Magazine
“Their enthusiastic expertise for the subject is enlightening and infectious” – Fortean Times
For Wheelchair and Companion bookings contact us directly on 01423 502116
This is a Studio in the Stalls event. Concessions available.