The Proceedings of that Night
Early in 2011, the designer/director Simon Scullion approached me about staging my short story The Proceedings of that Night, a postmodern-ish kind of ghost story that had been first broadcast on Radio 4 eight years earlier. My initial reaction was that it wouldn’t work (I have terrific instincts in such matters). I said that what worked about the story was that it was a story that turned into a play; if you stage it as a play, there’s no surprise. But Simon didn’t see a problem. He saw it as a play and asked if he could go ahead anyway. Luckily, I said yes.
The result was a half-hour slot at the Pleasance Courtyard in the 2011 Edinburgh festival, with Martin Miller terrific as the hapless actor caught up in the story he is reading down a line to a remote studio. When I wrote Hell’s Bells for Edinburgh 2012, I decided to keep the studio/headphones theme. If we ever stage the two plays together, there will be great economy of props.