in situ: environmental theatre returns

Four productions come to Cambridge's oldest building and an iron-age fort

Cambridge’s environmental theatre company in situ: returns with an intriguing mix of performances for the summer, featuring dark storytelling and two new ensemble performances. The first of those is the ghost in me, which creates a parallel, uncanny world to consider what haunts us, at Wandlebury Country Park, a former iron-age hill fort, from 28 to 30 June.

Director Bella Stewart says: “We can be haunted by something we cannot have or be; or something held out to us and since withdrawn. These are the futures we once imagined that have not come to pass.”

Social deprivation and mental illness are at the core of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s 1837 play that astonished audiences when first performed in 1913. It takes place at The Leper Chapel – a poignant reminder of the effects of illness – on 12 to 14 July.

Tales from the dark side follow, with Richard Spaul telling Ghost Stories, featuring tales by Elizabeth Bowen and Edith Wharton on 21 July, at the 12th-century Leper Chapel, on Newmarket Road.

Finally, over five nights, from 25 to 29 July, Richard will perform Hamlet, perhaps William Shakespeare's greatest work, in a solo performance. Richard says Hamlet “is a man haunted by his dead father” and promises the performance will recreate “a dialogue with the dead”.

Tickets for 8pm performances for all productions are available at the website.