Host: A New Play From Danse Macabre

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A brand-new virtual play from Danse Macabre is coming just in time for Halloween

Written by Sam Essame and Directed by Lisa Millar, Host will be performed live on Zoom

When online English tutor Fay finds her new student Julia isn’t allowed to leave the house, she risks everything to try and help. But when something far more sinister rears its head, she’s forced to ask whether she went too far.

Should Fay help? Or should she keep her distance?

And what keeps moving in the corner of her room?


  • 28th and 29th October 2020, 8pm
  • 30th October 2020, 11.59pm

Book your tickets here

Full price: £15 per device

Early bird discount: £12 per device if bought before 12th October


Fay – Annemarie Anang
Julia – Gracie Peters
Graham – Daniel Robinson
Zara – Rebecca McKinnis

About the Author:

Sam Essame is a horror writer and artistic director of Danse Macabre Productions, having directed Fear Itself, Goodnight Mr Spindrift and Clown. His one-act horror, The Door, was seen at The Space as part of their ‘Locked Down, Looking Up’ and his short horror The Aisle was part of Danse Macabre’s online writer’s night Ghost in the Machine.

He is theatre writer for the London Horror Society and producer of the South West Horror Festival.

He wrote Host as part of Papatango’s WriteWest workshops.


About the Director:

Lisa Millar has since been director and dramaturg for a number of years and has most recently helped create a trilogy of feminist pieces, the third of which will be transferring to The Soho Playhouse Theatre, New York in 2021.

She has directed many genres including Shakespeare, Musical theatre, comedy and horror, including The Darklings with theatre company ‘The House Macabre’ which won The After Dark Award at The Vaults Festival, London 2019.


About Danse Macabre:

Danse Macabre Productions is a theatre company working to earn horror its rightful place on stages big and small.

They kickstarted with Fear Itself in 2018, a one-woman immersive horror at the Edinburgh Fringe and the London and Brighton Horror Festivals. In 2019, they staged Nancy Netherwood’s dystopian horror Goodnight, Mr Spindrift at the Old Red Lion followed by Clown, a devised physical horror-comedy in London, Brighton and at the Loco Klub in Bristol.

During lockdown, the production company hosted Ghost in the Machine, an online writer’s night of six short horrors on Zoom.


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