It’s no easy undertaking adapting a stage play for the cinematic screen; but when the writers behind one of the most successful plays are behind the transformation of their own story, anything is possible. The brainchild of The League of Gentleman’s Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, Ghost Stories first appeared on the boards back in 2010 under a veil of secrecy. Audiences and critics were urged not to divulge secrets of the play and only images of scared witless audience members adorned the marketing material. After moving from Liverpool to London and going on tour in Australia, this thrilling British horror story – with a few minor adaptations – is finally hitting the big screen with some familiar faces.
The story follows Phillip Goodman (Nyman), professor of psychology, arch-sceptic, the one-man ‘belief buster’ – has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave.
His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet. Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three stories that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, he meets three haunted people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last.
HeyUGuys’ Zehra Phelan caught up with the writer/directors, Nyman (who also stars in the lead role) and Dyson, at a very spooky residence overlooking Highgate Cemetery. The pair divulges why a few changes had to take place in order for the story to work, some of the psychology behind the story and more. Watch the interview in full below.
Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson Ghost Stories Interview