Actor Nathaniel Curtis knows Manchester very well, having filmed the Russell T Davies groundbreaking hit TV show, It’s a Sin here.
Next week he returns to the region to tread the boards in 2:22 A Ghost Story which has done incredibly well in London and is now on tour, stopping at the Lowry which opens on Halloween.
We caught up with Nathaniel to find out more.
What attracted you to 2:22 A Ghost Story? Have you seen it before?
I loved the script; it’s got so much to it and it’s so entertaining. I saw the final cast in in London after I’d got the role and I saw first-hand how captivated the audience was which was incredibly exciting.
Why do you think the show has lasted so long with so many different casts?
I think the variety of actors in each cast is why it’s so interesting. You never get the same play twice. One of the many geniuses about the script is that most of the characters can be played by actors of different ages and backgrounds, which speaks to everyone.
How will you stop yourself from jumping out of your skin with those amazing sound effects?
I’ll be honest – I didn’t. The first time we heard those noises we all jumped sky high.
What is your favourite spooky movie and why?
Well… I don’t like horror. I don’t crave the thrill which comes with being actively scared so I avoid it if I can. That’s not to say that I don’t ever watch it; I watch Sleepy Hollow every Halloween because I think it’s a gorgeous film and I know where all the scary bits are. I also watch Hocus Pocus because, well, it’s a classic.
What three things give you the heebie-jeebies?
Puppets, snakes, people who spit on the street.
You filmed in Manchester for It’s a Sin. What do you like about it here?
You mean what DON’T like I like? Some of my happiest memories are tied to here. The atmosphere, the people, the Christmas market, the nightlife. I completely and utterly fell in love with Manchester and I’ve been desperate to get back so I’m thrilled.
It’s a Sin had such a great impact on audiences. Were you expecting that?
Not in a million years. I thought and hoped it would do well because the script was so powerful and making it with a cast and crew were so special. But when it was released it completely changed my life, for which I’ll be forever grateful.
The cast seemed like pals off-screen. Have you kept in touch?
They’re all so gorgeous, what a sensational bunch of people. You’ve never been truly hugged until you’ve been hugged by Callum Scott Howells. Unfortunately, life after the show has kept us all busy but when we do get to see each other it’s always a gorgeous time. I miss being able to spend every day with them like when we were filming but I couldn’t be prouder of them.
2:22 A Ghost Story is at the Lowry from 31st October until 4th November and can be booked here.