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.

I’m thrilled to announce that the first SHIVERS of 2020 will be at an especially ominous and atmospheric venue – the glorious Grant Museum of Zoology.

SHIVERS: THE HORROR IN THE MUSEUM will take place on Friday 21st February. Doors will open at 7.15pm, allowing time for a drink and a look around this place and its astonishing contents before the show begins at 8pm. Tickets here.

More SHIVERS shows are currently rising to the surface. Watch this space. 😀