SHIVERS

Do you like stories that make the hairs stand up at the back of your neck? My SHIVERS nights have been giving aficionados that sensation of spiders down the spine for over two years now.

SPRING SHIVERS at Abney Park Cemetery Chapel, 3rd May 2018
Reader: Laura Sampson. Accompanists: Sam Enthoven and Martin Vishnick
Photographer: Lucy Brady

I pick and adapt the finest frightening literature and find great performers to read it. The twist with SHIVERS is that these tales are then paired with live sounds from my uniquely uncanny instrument the theremin and some of the best artists from London’s experimental music scene. The result is a kind of cinema for the ears and imagination, with storytelling and sound combining to draw you irresistibly in, to reach cold fingers into your mind, to give you SHIVERS.

For a taste of what I mean, here’s a video from SHIVERS: MYSTERIES on 6th Sept 2019. With Katie Jones reading and raxil4 as guest accompanist, this is our performance of the Haitian folktale THE NAME:

You can hear more audio recordings from previous shows here on the SHIVERS Soundcloud.

SHIVERS is especially thrilling in unusual venues that add to the atmosphere of the stories.

SUMMER SHIVERS at St Mary’s Tower, 8th June 2018
Reader: Simon Metheringham. Accompanists: Sam Enthoven and Adio West
Photographer: Lucy Brady

So far these have included the chapel of Abney Park Cemetery, the wild woods of Nidderdale in Yorkshire and the hold of the Spanish galleon The Golden Hinde. In 2019 I was especially delighted to put on SHIVERS shows at both The London Lovecraft Festival at The Old Red Lion Theatre and The London Horror Festival at The Pleasance. Other venues that year included The Chapel Playhouse and IKLECTIK.

The biggest live SHIVERS yet, on Feb 21st 2020, was at an especially ominous and atmospheric venue – the glorious Grant Museum of Zoology, where we performed (what else?) H. P. Lovecraft’s THE HORROR IN THE MUSEUM. We sold out the museum’s 70 seats and the performers and audience all had a perfectly horrible time. Watch and listen for yourself here.

While live shows remain indefinitely postponed, SHIVERS has gone online in the form of video. For our first lockdown performance Laura Sampson read ISLAND OF FEAR by William Sambrot. Now I am delighted to announce the second online-only SHIVERS. The wonderful Minnie Wilkinson reads a classic piece of creeping horticultural horror, R. C. Cook’s GREEN FINGERS: watch and listen via Vimeo here.

Further SHIVERS shows like this are coming soon.