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The Signalman

A Ghost Story by Charles Dickens

From the Producers of Kitty: Queen of the Washhouse and A Portrait of William Roscoe comes a slice of winter terror with a new adaptation of the much-loved Charles Dickens supernatural classic, The Signalman.


“As solitary a place as ever I saw…It struck a chill to me, as if I had left the natural world.” A ghostly figure has visited the signalman twice already, each time preceding a terrible disaster. When the apparition appears for the third time, it’s up to the signalman to decode its meaning and prevent another catastrophe. A gripping slice of gothic horror from Charles Dickens, regarded as the greatest horror story ever written.

A gripping slice of gothic horror from Charles Dickens, regarded as the greatest horror story ever written.


In the tradition of classic oral storytelling, a lantern and two players is all that is needed to tell the spine tingling tale of the Signalman.
The tour starts at the atmospheric Engine Room at Metal, Edge Hill Station and will visit various locations during November.
Including, the idyllic Mansion House, The Reader at Calderstones, the popular pub theatre in Salford, The Kings Arms, the reputed establishment Liverpool Athenaeum and a new performance space for Artsgroupie, The Storey in Lancaster

After the success of last years Ghost Stories for Xmas, which will be returning in December, Artsgroupie is delighted to be working again with esteemed local writer and director David Griffiths

“The Signalman is a powerful and haunting story about survivor’s guilt and isolation – something we believe will be of striking relevance to our audience following the pandemic. Our inability to control events around us can be more frightening than any ghost, as Dickens knew well. He wrote from experience, a survivor of the Staplehurst railway disaster – events that both inspired and haunted the author.”

David Griffiths, Writer and Director

“Last year, I worked with David on a critically acclaimed production of Orwell’s 1984 and Artsgroupie produced the successful Ghost Stories For Xmas.
We are delighted to be once again collaborating on a much loved classic, playing some new locations and re-visiting some of our favourite local venues.”

John Maguire, Creative Director ArtsGroupie


Images by Andrew at AB Photography

Haunting and atmospheric...a 4-star Review from North West End

The intimate setting at Metal at Edge Hill Station in Liverpool, the oldest active passenger station in the world dating from 1830, was inspired as the sound effects were supplemented by that of real trains running alongside the performance venue. Griffiths’ haunting and atmospheric sound design fuelled further with fog effects created a mood of mystery augmented by a clever use of light, dark, and shade in Hayley Jeffrey and Tim Saint’s lighting design, and whose props were befitting of the Victorian period in which the piece is set and matched by the costumes of both characters.

Mark Davoren
November 2023

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Past Performance

The Signalman at The Kings Arms Salford

ArtsGroupie return to the legendary Kings Arms at Salford with The Signalman

Past Performance

The Signalman at The Storey, Lancaster

See the Signalman in the stunning Victorian setting of one of Lancaster's famous landmarks.

Past Performance

The Signalman at The Liverpool Athenaeum

ArtsGroupie returns to the Athenaeum's evocative performance space with The Signalman

Past Performance

The Signalman at The Reader, Calderstones

told by John Maguire & David Griffiths

Past Performance

The Signalman at Metal Culture

A unique opportunity to meet The Signalman at the oldest active passenger railway station in the world!

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