HOTELIERS Charlie and Edith aren’t the first people to have concocted an elaborate ghost story in order to boost flagging custom at their hotel.
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However, their sneaky venture into the paranormal backfires on them spectacularly when a strange journalist shows up promising to put them on the front page of his newspaper.
It starts promisingly as Charlie and Edith conspire over a spooky new marketing idea. Yet what starts out promisingly soon descends into university-drama improv territory during the latter half of the show when the oddly-cast ‘Exorcist’ literally appears out of the woodwork.
A charming 50-minute piece, nonetheless, The Greenville Ghost comes across as some long-lost Fawlty Towers Halloween special. It has that low-budget feel to it, too – helped, indirectly, by the tatty nature of the venue. The production’s main shining light, however, is Charlie himself, played by Max Fitzroy-Stone, a sort of Frankenstein’s monster of various camp and eclectic 70s/80s TV comedy characters.
The Greenville Ghost might not give you terrible chills, but it’s worth going to see.