Feb 29 2012 by Liam Murphy, Heswall News
MYSTERY surrounds the appearance of a ghostly image taken during the performance of a spooky play in Wirral.
The unexpected ghoulish face was noticed in a photo taken by a crew member in an amateur musical production of Dennis Wheatley’s cult novel A Devil Rides Out.
At the precise moment in the show when the spirit of dead Satanist Tanith is being raised, a crew member snapped an archive photograph.
Afterwards, the local drama group in Wirral got the shock of their lives when they saw the picture taken at the Leasowe Castle Hotel.
The cast and crew insist the spooky spectre was definitely not a part of the show.
Colin McCourt, the creator of the musical, said: “The original production at the Neptune Theatre in Liverpool, which starred Bernie Nolan, was plagued with weird events that nobody could explain.
“The stage crew even threatened to walk out at one point."
And after the ghostly happenings at Leasowe Castle, Colin said: "Some cast members said they felt a little uneasy that night at the Leasowe Castle Hotel, but I just shrugged it off.
“The castle is said to be haunted and one of our cast members is a medium and she continually said she could feel the presence of a male spirit throughout our rehearsals."
Colin said: “As far as I know it’s not someone playing a joke, it’s just weird. Maybe it’s a trick of the light or something. But I always say it’s not the dead ones that frighten me, anyway.”
The youngest member of the cast, James Laing, who plays the role of Simon Aron, said he thought it was “disturbing”.
He said: “The theatre is a converted church.
“I just hope our ghostly extra does not reappear."
The Devil Rides Out is a musical adaptation of the classic Dennis Wheatley novel, and became a cult hit film in the 1970’s.