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Spooky show Take Me Home takes centre stage at Barking’s The Broadway

PUBLISHED: 10:54 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:54 20 October 2017

Barking and Dagenham landmarks. Broadway Theatre in Barking

Barking and Dagenham landmarks. Broadway Theatre in Barking

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Audience members will have a chance to experience quality immersive theatre in January when the curtain rises on a spooky new show.

Stephen Freeman is the organiser of Romford's only gay night at Kosho. He's rebranding it to try and encourage more LGBT residents to come. Stephen Freeman is the organiser of Romford's only gay night at Kosho. He's rebranding it to try and encourage more LGBT residents to come.

Take Me Home is a spine-tingling thriller set in the 1930s which tells the story of a young man, Jacob Ward, who views a house for sale in a deserted village in the south of England.

During his visit Jacob is subjected to a variety of hauntings, as the story plays out in full 360 degrees around the audience.

Many of the play’s themes are still relevant today, including social status and the divide between rich and poor.

Stephen Freeman, from Romford, is producing the show, which debuts at the Broadway Barking Theatre in January.

He told the Recorder he 
believes Take Me Home’s bold staging means it is not to be missed.

Stephen said: “It is my hope that the play will leave audiences amazed at the theatrical techniques that we will be 
using, of which we intend to run free workshops to show young people and students how they can also produce immersive theatre.

“I hope audiences will take away a greater responsibility of the themes that the play explores.

“At its centre the piece is an entertaining play, because who doesn’t enjoy being scared witless?”

And the producer is pleased that the innovative and inclusive play is pushing the envelope when it comes to what can be achieved at smaller local theatres.

He said: “This is an important piece of work as it will be completely immersive, our aim being to bring different forms of theatre to audiences outside of London theatreland.”

And for Stephen, making high quality shows more accessible is a driving factor behind Take Me Home.

He said: “I feel like east London lacks theatre producers who will put this type of work on. It is our way of telling residents that they can enjoy West End style immersive theatre in their local area, and at half the price too!”

Take Me Home: Horror Within will be playing at the Broadway Barking Theatre from January 16-21.

Tickets are available online at www.thebroadwaybarking.com or from the box office on 020 8507 5607.

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