WE often hear strange and wonderful stories about theatre ghost and superstitions. And a lot of us have put this down to figments of the imagination, well I am not to sure now. The other day I was working in one of Adelaide’s older venues. I had brought up a light on the desk and then wandered down to the stage to focus the lantern. So imagine my surprise when I near the lantern when it faded out. My first thought was that it had blown, or something electrical or electronic happened. So back to the lighting desk I went, interesting the desk was cleared . That channel was not up. Now the desk in question is quite old, it is a Strand M24, but I have never had this happen. Now people have mentioned that this particular theatre has a ghost. Maybe this was an act of this “theatre ghost”. It seems to be common that older theatres seem to have ghosts, is it because we spend so many hours in these buildings and they take on a presence within our minds. Then when there is a quiet moment at 2am during a plotting session, you here the building settling into the old foundations, or indeed it is the ghost wandering backstage making sure all is well. Is this why there are so many theatre superstitions ,like not mentioning the scottish play and whistling backstage.
So tell me your favourite theatre or superstition.