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'See No Evil' turns Playhouse into Haunted House

25 October 2017

Imagine making your way through a full-on Haunted House blindfolded and you'll experience possibly the scariest few minutes of Hallowe'en in Derry over the coming days.

The Playhouse in Artillery Street is expecting huge crowds at its 'See No Evil' – A Haunted Experience in Sensory Deprivation – which is running from October 26th-31st from 5pm-10pm daily as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Hallowe'en programme.

Brave young souls aged 11+ can access the Haunted Experience from 5pm-7.30pm, while those aged 18+ will be admitted from 7.30pm-10pm.

Kieran Griffiths, Creative Director at The Playhouse and producer of the 'See No Evil' experience was giving very little away in the build-up to the event, simply to allow people's imaginations to run wild in anticipation.

Groups of 20 people at a time will enter the Haunted House, "and things will happen to them but I'm not telling," says Griffiths, refusing to let slip even a shred of information as to what might lie in store for participants who will lose their sense of sight and survive only with touch, sound and smell.

"I'm not giving anything away," adds Griffiths whose main challenge is likely to be the huge influx of people expected to seek out the experience which cannot be booked in advance.

There has already been huge interest on The Playhouse's social media platforms, with 20,000 people interacting online and 9,000 viewings of the promo video.

According to Griffiths, "it will be brilliant and such a good laugh," for those entering into the spirit of the 'See No Evil' project which is expected to be a popular new addition to the city's world famous Hallowe'en celebrations.

Asked if he anticipates much screaming coming from the confines of The Playhouse adjacent to the historic City Walls, he jokes: "I hope we will hear a scream or two but it is all intended to be very good-natured and not traumatise people."

Jacqueline Whoriskey, Festival and Events Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said 'See No Evil' was an exciting and dramatic new addition to the Hallowe'en programme which was already attracting a great deal of interest on social media.

She added: "Council is delighted The Playhouse is offering such a creative new Hallowe'en experience for visitors to the city in the coming days and 'See No Evil' will no doubt prove spooktacularly popular among the various age groups brave enough to embark on this unique Haunted Experience."

'See No Evil' - A Haunted Experience in Sensory Deprivation takes place at The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry, 26th - 31st October, age 11+ 5pm - 7.30pm; Age 18+ 7.30pm -10pm. Admission £5.

Hallowe’en in Derry is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism NI Events Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

For full details of the Hallowe'en programme of events taking place from October 28th-31st, visit www.derryhalloween.com