Ghosts – Something Rotten

Do you believe in Ghosts?

In a new specially commissioned show for the PASSAGE Festival, Aug 3rd-5th, Desperate Men return to Helsingør to investigate reported otherworldly psychic paranormal phantasmagoria.

From the ‘other side,’ 3 spectral specialists on a spiritual pilgrimage attempt to investigate trace phenomena, such as Hamlet’s ghostly father, poltergeist activity, and reports of the UK haunting Europe.

Delving into Shakespeare, Dracula, the after-shocks of Brexit,16th Century English song, and a fine collection of coiffured wigs, these experts will weave storytelling, apparitions, and apparent disinformation that is being spouted to lay bare the truth about what is actually going on.

More Scooby Don’t than Scooby Do.


Devised & Performed
Sarah Corbett
Angus Barr
Richard Headon

Musical Direction
Shirley Pegna

Susie Donkin

Photos/Art work
Sarah Corbett

Richard Headon


This film here is the tryout on MV Balmoral, Bristol Harbour Festival 2023 (Film by Aneta Skut)


The Dadaist Ghost with The Desperate Men is unmistakably British. With snippets of the standard “These Foolish Things” as a leitmotif, three ghosts, a captain, a card fraudster and a make-up seller from the duty-free shop, combine the variety show with the disaster film in a story where the ship that goes down is also an image of today’s England.

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