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Frighteners 2019 – from Friday 8 November

Fri 8 November 2019 - Sat 16 November 2019 at The Sydenham Centre
Show(s) at 8pm (Fri/Sat only)
Show lasts approximately 2 hours, suitable for adults only.

Tickets: £16 full price, £12 concessions


About the Show

Stories to make you jump…tales to chill the blood…playlets to give you the fright of your life!

FRIGHTENERS is back once again to scare the living daylights out of south-east London.

Seven original short plays by playwrights including siblings Jonathan Kaufman, Julian Kaufman and Lucy Kaufman, and members of Jonathan’s advanced scriptwriting class, will be staged over four nights Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre from Fri 8 November.

Including adaptations of classic tales by Dickens and Poe, expect shocks galore, creepy atmospheres and a growing sense of menace…you have been warned!

The Plays

  • Shall I Be Mother? by Darren Bird
  • The Nightmare by Jonathan Kaufman
  • Three Wise Monkeys adapted by Lucy Kaufman from a story by Chris Murray
  • Waiting Room by Julian Kaufman
  • The Puppet Master by Lucy Kaufman
  • The Strange Tale of W. W. by Jane Walker, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story
  • The Signalman adapted by Ida Tidy from the short story by Charles Dickens

Book Tickets

In person: Kirkdale Bookshop – 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 4RS
By phone: (Kirkdale Bookshop) 020 8778 4701
Online: booking closes 30 minutes before start time, but tickets may still be available on the door.
More on how to book

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The Cast

The Credits

Produced and directed by JONATHAN KAUFMAN
Script consultant LUCY KAUFMAN
Video effects by CHRIS HAUKE
Graphic design JULIE BENNETT

The Audience Reviews

What audiences have said about our previous shows:

  • “Spontaneous Productions is the National Theatre of SE26. Always surprising, always impressive, always entertaining.’ Matthew Sweet, author and broadcaster
  • “Brilliant – heart-rending. What a fabulous production” (Audience comment for Eye of Day: The Mata Hari Story)
  • “Huge congratulations to the mega talented Lucy Kaufman for writing, and Jonathan Kaufman for directing such an emotional and timely homage to the incredible woman …. I had shivers…Incredible cast. Mind blowing acting. Simply set; ever affecting.” (Audience comment for Eleanor Marx: The Jewess of Jews Walk)

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