THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HORROR: ANDY NYMAN IN CONVERSATION (London online)

Date/Time
Date(s) - Thu. Sep. 17, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Instructor
Andy Nyman, Rosie Fletcher

Admission
£8 GBP BUY TICKETS HERE or buy a Miskatonic London Full Semester pass for £25 HERE

Miskatonic is delighted to welcome horror renaissance man Andy Nyman for an evening of conversation and misdirection.

Nyman is an Olivier award-winning English actor, writer and director, and is perhaps best known for co-creating the long-running international stage hit Ghost Stories, which he both starred in and co-wrote/directed (with Jeremy Dyson). The play originally ran for over a thousand performances in England, as well as being successfully adapted for the cinema in 2017 (the film version also starred and was co-written/directed by Nyman.) Both play and film of Ghost Stories showcase not only his deep knowledge and love of the horror genre, but also his abiding fascination with the art of illusion. It is this fascination that spawned a long-running partnership with the famed illusionist Derren Brown: to date, he and Nyman have collaborated on several television productions together, as well as four West End theatrical hits. As an actor, many of Nyman’s film and television credits reflect his continuing interest in genre cinema and television, and include: The Woman in Black (1989), Severance (2006), Dead Set (2008), Black Death (2010), Kick Ass 2 (2013) and The Last Jedi (2017). On the London stage, he has also appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen.

Rosie Fletcher will talk to Andy Nyman in an attempt to explore the role that psychology plays in horror cinema and theatre, not least in his own work. What kind of psychological underpinning makes one scare work when another does not? Why do audiences everywhere respond so enthusiastically to being tricked and scared? How have themes of mental health played into some of his most famous creations, notably Ghost Stories? Why are some people revolted by horror when others are irresistibly drawn to it? How does Nyman’s deep understanding of human psychology feed into his work with Derren Brown? And how does he utilise this sort of insight in his many acting roles? The session will offer a detailed look at the many aspects of Andy’s multi-faceted career, as well as giving him an opportunity to discuss his personal love of horror and examining precisely what makes him tick: as a performer, creator and a devoted fan.

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