No later than 1990, though somewhere outside of time, four unknowing spirits occupy a derelict stately home somewhere in England. Each day is like any other, their residual hauntings take them through the same paths every morning. Alex wakes up on the hallway floor, Mara cannot sleep, Ted walks the garden, Joanne watches Harry.
This morning, however, is different. Today, the haunted house comes down. Unbeknownst to the group, a construction company plans to demolish the house for regeneration. It falls on the family to fight for their home, or find the silver lining. After all, at least it’s something new.
Ghosts are vehicles for non-heteronormative performances of gender, non-linearity, and new subjectivities. We want to bring this forward into the now with a fresh take. This ghost story puts the queer to the front, celebrating joy, finding beauty in the ramshackle, and families 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 producer. Her practice adopts an interdisciplinary lens to focus on feminist and queer stories. After obtaining a first-class degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance, Greta won a scholarship to pursue an MA in Theatre Directing, where she trained with Katie Mitchell. Working for Camden People’s Theatre, which she adores, significantly shaped Greta’s career in artistic and cultural management; she’s currently employed as a Programme Administrator at Cockpit, an exciting hub for craft artists and designers. When she’s not researching social abjection and moral panics, 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 and Production Manager: KT MILES
Director, Co-Producer, Dramaturg: GRETA RILLETTI-ZALTIERI
Designer, Co-Producer: ANA SMOLEANU
Scenic Artist, Construction, Marketing: FELIX JORDAN
Production Assistant, Sound and Subtitles: VITTORIA BUTTI
Technical Design/Operation: CHARLIE RACA
Actor (Alex): ROSS BARBOUR
Actor (Joanne): VERNA VYAS
Actor (Mara): VERONICA SCHWEIGER
Actor (Ted): MAC CAMBLEY
Voice Actor (Harry): KEVIN NOLAN