The Hodgsons had no idea what a poltergeist was when, in the summer of 1977, furniture and toys started moving of their own accord. An ordinary, working-class family who lived in a north London council house became the centre of one of the most famous poltergeist events in the world. This is the story of one night in the spring of 1978 when events were approaching a climax. Inspired by first-hand accounts of one of the ghost hunters, The Enfield Haunting is the story of what happens when a dedicated single mother tries to protect her three children from something that is incomprehensible, deeply disturbing and hurtling toward a terrifying conclusion.
The Enfield Haunting was first performed at the Theatre
Royal, Brighton, on 14 November 2023, followed by performances at
Richmond Theatre from 21 November 2023 and then the Ambassadors
Theatre, London, from 30 November 2023.
WRITER – a middle-class voice on a telephone.
OLDER MARGARET – a voice on the telephone.
PEGGY – Late forties. Working class, deep feeling, a lioness under a
REY – Late forties. Working class. Never left home, now lives alone with
JIMMY – Twelve. Very intense. Bad stutter.
MARGARET – Seventeen. Bursting with pubescent energy.
JANET – Sixteen. Gaunt, bags under her eyes, intense in a haunted girl
kind of way.
MAURICE – Mid-sixties. An upper-middle-class man. He is tender and
warm. He wears a moustache, bow ties, etc.
BETTY – mid-fifties, Maurice’s wife. Dignified in her grief.
The play can be performed by eight actors with WRITER/MAN,
JANET/GIRL and BETTY/OLDER MARGARET doubling.