Ghost stories are shorthand for questions of memory, inheritance, and generations. How can we queer this space? What happens if the ghosts don’t know they’re ghosts? Centering found family, ideas of home, and ghosts(!), this pressure-cooker play is a touching drama guaranteed to appeal to those fascinated by abandoned buildings and the late 80s.
The gothic and the queer have found a connection in their response to heteronormative mainstreams, morphing it into something new. Ghosts have always been vehicles for non-heteronormative performances of gender, non-linear timelines, and new subjectivities. We want to bring this forward into the 21st century with a fresh take on ghost stories, and what they can mean at this moment in time. This ghost story puts the queer to the front, celebrating queer joy, finding the beauty in the ramshackle, and highlighting the importance of family unbound by blood.
An interdisciplinary trio made up of Ana Smoleanu, Greta Rilletti-Zaltieri, and KT Miles. In addition to their theatre pursuits, their backgrounds are deeply routed in the humanities, equipping them with the creative and practical tools to draw from film, visual arts, myth, and more.
Ana designs while studying Literature at King's College London. She combines a love of literary studies with a passion for staging queer stories and creating spaces for the imagining of queer utopian futures. Her design practice was shaped by studying Scenography at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as well as by her experience as an immigrant, which led to her study of performance in relation to trauma, memory, and archiving. As for the very practical lessons of how to do design work, she learned them as a costume assistant in film and theatre.
Greta is a theatre director, dramaturg, and cultural facilitator. Her practice adopts an interdisciplinary lens to focus on feminist and queer stories. Greta got her MA in Theatre Directing from Royal Holloway, where she trained with Katie Mitchell; she also holds a first-class degree in Drama, Theatre & Performance from University of Roehampton. As a researcher, Greta has explored social abjection and moral panics, along with the configuration of a more inclusive model of artistic ownership. When she's not working (arts administrator by day, philosopher by night), you can find her writing on her theatre blog, singing, and petting cats.
KT is a writer, most recently longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and has written this play written with support of the National Theatre. They are currently studying for a BA in English at King's College London. Their work centres on the intermingling of the natural and supernatural, with their last play 'Oil For Burning' having had a rehearsed reading at the Golden Goose Theatre in 2022.
Press & Reviews
Audience feedback (Omnibus Theatre Engine Room):
'impactful and atmospheric'
'charming and fun'
'quirky, fresh, young'
Cast & Creative Team Writer: KT MILES
Director: GRETA RILLETTI-ZALTIERI
Designer: ANA SMOLEANU
Production Manager: MARÍA GUEVARA
Scenic Artist/Construction: FELIX JORDAN