Students prepare for Spooky Walks at Attingham Park

Step into the world of ghosts and ghouls, with self-guided spooky walks, at Attingham Park, this Halloween.

Students from Shrewsbury College are in rehearsals for the annual night-time scare-fest. Now in its fifth year, the popular self-guided walks promise to be bigger, better and scarier than before.

Performing Arts and Media students will combine forces this year and take up residence in the eighteenth century mansion, which offers a fantastic backdrop for more horror delights, including spine-chilling songs, hair-raising short productions and petrifying projections. The route also takes visitors around parts of the grounds in the evening darkness, giving them a chance to discover what’s lurking in the shadows.

Gina Evans, Performing Arts lecturer at the College, said: “The partnership between the College and Attingham Park gives our students a great opportunity to showcase a variety of performance skills and to create some site-specific theatre.

“This project is very challenging logistically and the students have always coped with the process so well. It is great to be able to give our students the chance to perform in the local community, and Spooky Walks is always an exciting event. The general public will not be disappointed.”

Rachael Gilbert, Marketing and Communications Officer at Attingham Park, said: “It’s great that we have such a wonderful partnership with Shrewsbury College and that we are able to work together to provide such a fun event. The talented students do an amazing job at generating an electric atmosphere as they entertain our visitors and give them a good fright’’

“We have been very lucky to see a sneak peak of some of the costumes and performances by the students as they have visited to get a feel for their unique stage. Inside the Mansion will be extremely spooky this year as haunted souls roam the corridors and descend narrow staircases.”

The students have been working on the project since the start of term in September and have been researching the house and characters, as well as rehearsing their parts.

Spooky Walks will take place at Attingham Park on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October from 6-8pm (last admission 7.30pm).

The walks are not suitable for under 10’s (at parents’ discretion) and sections of the route involve steps. Visitors must bring their own torches as it will be after dark. Normal grounds admission charges apply.

There is no additional charge for the performance, but the students will be collecting donations towards course facilities and educational activities.

For more information about Performing Arts or Creative Media Courses at Shrewsbury College, please call 01743 342411  Alternatively you can pop along to the Open Evening on Thursday, 12 November, from 5 – 8pm at London Road. Follow the Performing Arts Hashtag on Twitter #HQPA for information about their upcoming shows and activities.

For more information about Attingham Park, including opening times, events and admission charges, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attinghampark  or call 01743 708162.

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