Ghost Walk

Written by Various Authors

Thursday 14th October and Friday 15th October 2009

Directed by Peter Corrigan and Ingrid Corrigan

This series of specially written ghostly stories was created by members of Bench Theatre as a special production in aid of the 2009 Havant Literary Festival.

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AuthorVarious Authors

Mark Wakeman (b 1972)

Mark Wakeman is an amateur author, playwright, actor and and director. He started writing short stories at the age of 8 and, spurred on by positive comments from a teacher, was inspired to write many more. It wasn't until he went to university, however, that his writing achieved wider recognition when two of his situation comedy scripts (co-written with Neil Kendall) - 'The Quiet Life' and 'Helpline' were performed by the University of North London Theatre Society. The success of these two works led to a full-length thriller, 'Undue Aggravation', being taken to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1995. Following university, he directed his own comedy 'Terror at Blagg Castle', which was produced by Goggles Theatre Company at Portsmouth Arts Centre in 1996, and Bench Theatre has produced several of his his one-act plays; 'The Unusual Suspects', 'Ice Station Zeros', 'Father for Justice', 'Lonesome Pine', 'Unworkable', 'The Big Freeze', 'Stand and Delivery' and 'The Girl in the Corner' for various 'Supernova' festivals of new writing since 2003.

His novels (as yet unpublished) include works in the detective, comedy, thriller, fantasy and sci-fi genres and he hopes to one day see one of his screenplays for sit-coms, TV detectives or sci-fi/action-spy thrillers accepted by the BBC. As an actor, Mark Wakeman has been performing since he was at school. The first of many acting roles with Bench Theatre was Dr John Jobling in 'Martin Chuzzlewit' in 1990 and he frequently receives excellent reviews. He directed several one-act plays at University of North London Theatre Society and his first directing role with Bench Theatre was 'The Office Party' by John Godber in 1998. As a member of the Soop Theatre Company, he has performed improvisational comedy in their 'Dude, Where's My Script?' shows since 2008.

Wakeman won Best Original Play for 'Stand and Delivery' (2007) and The Madge and Stanley Williams trophy for Best Script for 'Father for Justice' (2009) both in the All-England Drama Festival. Since he joined Bench Theatre in 1990, he has been a member of both the Bench Committee and Artistic Panel, and was Editor of Bench Press for a number of years. Mark Wakeman currently has four cats and lives in Havant.

David Penrose (b 1950)

David Penrose is an amateur actor, designer, director and writer with Bench Theatre, where he has been a member since 1976.

David penned his first writing, revue sketches, at Leeds University when he was an under-graduate. Apart from these, most of his writing has been adaptations for the stage of extant work. In 1980 he adapted 'The Brothers' and 'The Merchant', originally written by Plautus, both of which were staged by Bench Theatre in the open air at Fishbourne Roman Palace. He has adapted Martin Chuzzlewit (also performed by The Bench), compiled the 1981 musical revue 'The Only Way to Cross' and (together with Dik Bird) adapted the Bench production of 'A Frankenstein' which was taken to the Edinburgh Fridge Festival in 1982.

David's creative flair has been employed many times with Bench Theatre where he has been responsible for countless poster and set designs and he has occupied committee roles on many occasions - notably as Chair for five years - during his membership. As an actor, David's first Bench role was as Orlando in Ingrid Corrigan's production of 'As You Like It' in 1977. He appears regularly in Bench plays and reviews of his performances are consistently outstanding. He has won numerous acting awards including The News 'Guide' Awards and an All-England Theatre Festival Award. His directorial debut with Bench Theatre was 'The Philanthropist' in 1978. David was instrumental in the formation of the annual Havant Literary Festival in 2008 and continues to work with its organisation. He is also part of 'The News' theatre review team and his reviews of local productions appear regularly in print. David is currently Bench Archivist and lives in Havant with his wife Jacquie.

Peter Corrigan (1947 - 2010)

Peter Corrigan was born in Bradford and studied at university qualifying to becoming a teacher. He moved to the Havant area in the early 1970s and taught for many years at Trosnant school in Leigh Park. By his retirement in 2007 he was deputy head of Waite End Primary School in Waterloovillle. He also fought for the views of residents as a member of Havant and Bedhampton Community Board, and also stood for election to the Borough Council.

He joined Bench Theatre in 1972, playing his first role in 'The Entertainer' by John Osborne and directing his first production, 'The Happy Apple' by Jack Pullman, in 1973. In the mid-1970s, he ran Langstone Children's Theatre touring plays into primary schools.

In June 1975, Peter played Captain Bluntschli in Shaw's 'Arms and the Man', and in August he married his leading lady, Ingrid. They had two daughters, Zoë and Alice, and the whole Corrigan family has made a major contribution to the company. By general consent his crowning achievement as an actor was his performance of the title role in King Lear in April 1999.

ProductionGhost Walk

The Ghost Walk was a series of original and specially written stories, told by members of Bench Theatre as a promenade performance throughout the streets of Havant. The walk took place at night, close to Halloween and the stories drew heavily on the history of Havant (real or imagined). Members of Bench Theatre would appear as ghostly apparitions through the walk and interspersed throughout the stories to add to the spooky atmosphere.

The route began at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, with 'The Shoe Story', told outside by author Mark Wakeman. The group of approximately 20 members of the public, was then escorted to the Gazebo Garden for 'The Builder and The Apprentice' told by David Penrose. Moving on to St Faiths Church Hall, through the back streets of Havant, the audience was treated to "The Boy" written and told by Peter Corrigan.

Cutting across North Street, the group were then taken to Homewell to hear 'Parchment Makers' written and told by Mark Wakeman. The group then moved along the short cut behind St Faith's Church graveyard, in to South Street and Hall place, where they heard 'Gloves' written and told by David Penrose. Walking back up South Street and past Grove Road, the group then took the "twittens" alleyways behind the town to the Arts Centre and underneath the Hayling Billy Bridge, where they heard the final ghostly story, 'The Monks' written and told by Peter Corrigan.

The Cast and Crew

This production was staged as a promenade performance throughout the streets of Havant, as part of the 2009 Havant Literary Festival. The walk started and ended at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. The precise route can be traced here on gmaps.


StorytellerDavid Penrose
StorytellerMark Wakeman
StorytellerPeter Corrigan
Ghostly ApparitionIngrid Corrigan
Ghostly ApparitionNathan Chapman
Ghostly ApparitionLorraine Galliers
Ghostly ApparitionSarah Parnell
Ghostly ApparitionMelanie Cole
Ghostly ApparitionCallum West
Ghostly ApparitionJeff Bone
Ghostly ApparitionClaire Lyne
Ghostly ApparitionAlice Corrigan
Ghostly ApparitionZoë Chapman
Ghostly ApparitionJack Cronin
Ghostly ApparitionSian Green
Ghostly ApparitionDan Finch


Directors Peter Corrigan
Ingrid Corrigan