Portsmouth’s literacy history provides wealth of spooky plays

New Apollo are performing The Signalman and The Indian's Hand from October 26-31.
New Apollo are performing The Signalman and The Indian's Hand from October 26-31.
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Southsea-based theatre company, New Apollo, is taking to the Cellars at Eastney for the fourth year in a row to present a double bill of spine-tingling plays.

The two performances are firmly rooted in Portsmouth’s literacy history, as the group will put on The Signalman by Charles Dickens, and The Indian’s Hand by Arthur Conan Doyle.

In Charles Dicken’s short story the railway signal-man is haunted by a ghost who appears before a terrible accident, which many believe is based on the Clayton Tunnel Crash of 1861, which featured trains leaving Brighton for Portsmouth.

Similarly The Indian’s Hand has a theme of ghosts, as a man is forced to have his arm amputated and after dying some months later, spends his days as a ghost hunting for it.

The performances at the Cellars take place from October 26-28, while the group takes to The Florence Arms, Southsea on October 29, and The Roebuck Restaurant, Wickham on October 31.

Tickets for the performances are available from the venues, or contact New Apollo on (023) 9273 6288.