Thrills and chills with Oddsocks

Oddsocks' production of Macbeth, coming to Carnfield Hall
Oddsocks' production of Macbeth, coming to Carnfield Hall

THERE will be some spooky goings-on at Carnfield Hall this weekend courtesy of Derbyshire-based theatre company Oddsocks.

The hall, near Alfreton, is supposedly Britain’s third most haunted house, and is to play host to Shakespeare’s spookiest of plays, Macbeth, on Sunday, July 24, from 5pm.

Before the new owners moved into Carnfield, they were aware a murder had been committed in one of the rooms in 1714, that of the owner by two of his servants, but since the room had been blessed thought no more about it.

Having lived in the house now for four months, they are convinced they are sharing the house with benign, but definitely not earthly, beings.

They regularly hear stamping feet in one of the rooms, sounds of music and singing but most creepy of all their estate manager’s two-year-old daughter mentioned that she had found a friend called Frances with red hair and wearing a red dress.

It was James Cartland who first introduced Oddsocks to Carnfield two years ago when they appeared with him on Channel 4’s Country House Rescue. They return for their third year with, appropriately, Shakespeare’s darkest of dark tragedies, complete with ghosts, witches, murders, battles, revenge, power hungry rulers and mad wives.

This will be no ordinary Macbeth though as it is given the Oddsocks comedy treatment and although it is based on the original text, be prepared for spine tingling, eye popping, rib tickling hilarity, with lots of witches and lots of laughs.

Oddsocks director Andy Barrow will be in the lead with company regulars Bethan Nash, Bristol actor Andy McGillan and Kevin Kemp aiding in the mischief. Oddsocks also welcomes newcomer Kathryn Levell to their motley crew as Lady Macbeth.

Cast member Bethan Nash heard last week that she’s got into the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol starting in September.

Local girl Beth, who grew up in Wirksworth, has been with Oddsocks since last September as an intern but so impressed when she auditioned (just for the experience of auditioning) for the winter tour of Hamlet that she landed the part of Ophelia, even getting mentioned in several national reviews.

She’s playing a variety of parts in Macbeth including first witch, Ross and Fleance. Beth also turned down an offer from prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Tickets, priced £12 (adults) and £8 (child) are available to early birds who book in advance online via www.oddsocks.co.uk/theatre or can be bought on the night for £14/£10.