Stephen Elliot is rapidly descending into madness and opium addiction.
In an attempt to arrest his decline, psychiatrist Doctor Olsen utilises hypnosis to delve deep into the young man’s suppressed memories. What is revealed is a terrifying episode from Stephen’s childhood, when, as a traumatised orphan, he was sent to live with his reclusive Uncle at the remote Aswarby Hall.
There he experiences increasingly disturbing incidents and is plagued by two spectral children, whose actions drive the story to its blood-curdling conclusion.
Meet The Makers
Olsen/Abney & Co-Writer
Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Michael James Ford is an actor, writer and director. His plays and adaptations include Bloody Phoenix, Dinner in Mulberry Street and Hedy Lamarr and the Easter Rising. Recent film and TV work includes Harry Wilde, Dead Still, Striking Out and The Flag.
Theatre appearances include Educating Rita (Lyric ), Othello (Abbey}, Romeo and Juliet (Mill), The Happy Prince. (Bewley’s) and are Little Women, Present Laughter, Anna Karenina, A Christmas Carol, Salome and Cyrano de Bergerac (Gate).
Bairbre Ní Chaoimh is an award-winning actor, director and writer. She has toured nationally and internationally with all the major Irish theatre companies, working in Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, America, Canada, Japan and Australia. She was artistic director of Calypso and an associate artist at The Abbey.
She is a founding member of The Curious Ensemble, the company that produced this adaptation of Lost Hearts by M.R. James.
Theatre credits include: To The Lighthouse directed by Annabelle Comyn (Hatch Theatre/Everyman Cork), Hamlet directed by Geoff O'Keefe (Mill Theatre), Borstal Boy directed by Conall Morrison (Gaiety Theatre), Blackout directed by Philip Crawford (Lyric, Belfast).
Film credits include - The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott, SOS directed by Daragh Goan (Kerry International Film Festival).
Stewart’s first play Revenant had its world premiere in the New Theatre in November 2013 and was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award. In August 2018 his play The Fetch Wilson premiered at the Pleasance during the Edinburgh Fringe to great critical acclaim. This was followed in October 2018 when his play Wringer was produced by Bewley’s Café Theatre. Other plays include Variance, Tracer, Snake Eaters, A Christmas Visit and Shard.
Gypsy Girl: Amélie Flynn
Giovanni: Lucie Flynn
Music adapted, arranged and performed by Philip Dodd (violin) and Donal Wallace (cello)
Film maker: Naoise Kettle
Sound Engineer Nick Anton
Camera Operator and Lighting: Reuben Harvey
Presented online by Bewley’s Café Theatre and The Lock Inn
Bewley's Café Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of of the Arts Council in making this production possible. Supported by Dublin City Council.