The Cornish Guardian: ‘Innovatory
... admirably sinister’
The Stage: ‘Christopher William
Hill - a raw new voice in British theatre’
Trapped within the haunting
cobwebs of Leadstone Manor, a madman, a housekeeper, a groundsman,
and a blind girl are thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival
of Osgood, a travelling rat-catcher. As winter closes in around
the Manor’s decaying walls, the inhabitants are forced into a game
of deceit, betrayal, dark riddles and forbidding tales of ‘Once
upon a time ...’
‘... and the farther the girl
ran, the farther she had to run. With every step forward, her feet
carried her another step from the village. Yet still she ran and
still she was pursued, by what she did not know. For the child
would not glance behind her. Dared not glance behind her ...’
What will the story be of?
Of a stranger. A man who comes
from far away…
Where am I now, Father?
Upon a great stretch of moorland.
Is Leadstone very far?
Down below the moor…the village
can be seen from where you stand. It’s dark and the weavers’
cottages throw out but feeble light.
It’s cold, Father.
The wind is blowing.
Father, it frightens me… Father?