NEW Brighton residents will be sleeping with one eye open as a Hallowe’en horror night returns for its second year.
The Creep enjoyed a successful run last October at Fort Perch Rock and the creators have returned with an even bigger and better show.
Utilising the eerie atmosphere of the nearly 200-year-old fort, co-creator Saul Murphy and a group of actors and producers have given Wirral its own scare show with a difference.
Saul, who has co-produced the venture with the theatrical company RedCap Productions, said: “We saw the Hallowe’en market growing and thought, ‘There’s nothing like that on the Wirral’.”
Scare shows – or scare runs – take an audience through a themed maze, where spooky characters lurk.
Saul, from New Brighton, said: We wanted to make a scare show but we also wanted to make a play. There’s a story to it as well as a scare run so we’ve combined the two.
“It’s not horror all the way through, it’s a thriller, and people who like the theatre will enjoy it as there’s a narrative.”
When asked about the creepy venue, Saul revealed things could have been a lot different: “We were originally going to use the tunnels underneath the New Palace amusements but the council wouldn’t let us in the end on safety grounds.
“The name of the show actually takes its name from the Creep Inn (which was located underneath the amusements) however we created the character.
“But we were able to use the fort and it’s worked out in our favour. It’s an amazing location and it lends itself really well to the story. We’re using the features of the fort to help tell the Creep’s story so we don’t have to add too much.”
The production involves six professional actors, including local film, TV and theatre actor Phil Perez who has been filming in London for Ridley Scott’s latest Hollywood film, Book Of Exodus.
The actors, as well as 15 scare performers, immerse the audience in the action, making them active characters in the scare fest and if all goes well this Hallowe’en Saul and his co-creators want to take it even further:
“We started it last year, it worked and we wanted to make it bigger and better. We’re hoping for funding in the future to take it even further and we plan to expand as far as Marine Point.”
He added: “It’s a walkthrough horror/thrill ride – we immerse you into your own horror film. It’s fully interactive from the start and you feel as if the fear is on you”.
The Creep runs until Tuesday, October 31. Tickets cost £11-14, available from the website www.thecreep.co.uk or by calling 07753 346394.