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Be afraid...Scary event at Pakefield's Seagull Theatre!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 November 2015

The locked rooms event at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWES

The locked rooms event at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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It was a "chilling" experience designed to frighten even the toughest of souls.

The locked rooms event at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWESThe locked rooms event at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWES

However rather than scare people off, The Old Time Radio Club hopes its Locked Rooms event for Halloween – the first of a series of themed activities – will attract more people to Pakefield’s Seagull Theatre.

Club members Stephen Amer, Richard Melchior, Richard Ainslie, Josh Simpson and India Smith were responsible for hiding in the shadows last Thursday, October 29.

They made scary noises as a tour guide led people round the theatre’s dance studio and rehearsal rooms in total darkness, with only a small headlight to show the way.

A number of props were also used, with chairs seeming to move on their own, pianos playing with nobody else around and even a ladder falling on its own accord.

The locked rooms event at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWESThe locked rooms event at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Mr Amer said: “We have been recreating old time radio plays for a good few years but for the last couple of Halloweens, we said we should explore a more multi-sensory experience. We knew there were a lot of rooms upstairs the public don’t usually go into and we thought about using ways to hide and make things happen.

“There have been other ghost walks in the town, but they are more a historical account.

“We wanted to do something a bit more experiential where people would be looking over their shoulders and using their imagination.”

Richard Melchior, who took on the role as the main protagonist throughout the experience, added: “We wanted to do something more psychological and we liked the Alfred Hitchcock view of what you don’t see is scarier than what you do.”

■ Are you introducing a new event to Lowestoft? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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