Harrogate ghost walk with a difference this week

Harrogate ghost walk with literary leanings - Poet Steve Toase.
Harrogate ghost walk with literary leanings - Poet Steve Toase.

An exciting new ghost walk with a difference is happening in Harrogate this week in an imaginative combination of poetry, social conscience and photography.

Haunt is a story-walk with music and performance by Imove Arts, in partnership with Harrogate Theatre and the Pump Room Museum.

It will take audiences on a tour around the town in search of ‘spirits.’

These will be glimpsed or, perhaps, heard whispering in Valley Gardens, the Pump Room Museum, The Cenotaph, The Theatre, on the streets, at ASDA and under bridges.

Finally arriving at a mystery location where an installation/performance will ask ‘who are the ghosts? Who are the haunted?’

The show, which will take place three times a day from June 30 until July 2 at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm, was inspired by an award-nominated project of the same name led by two local writers.

Stephen Toase and Becky Cherriman were brought up in Harrogate and have experienced homelessness in the town themselves.

The early part of the project helped homeless people in Harrogate to tell stories and poems about their lives, their places, their dreams for the future. This work, with images by photographer Paul Floyd Blake, was published in an anthology, launched with a series of readings and included an exhibition at the Royal Pump Rooms Museum.

Haunt is part of the Harrogate Theatre current daring ‘2’s Company’ season which sees theatre leave the theatre for unusual public locations.

Tickets are available on 01423 502116 or at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk