St John's Players

Fulbourn's Amateur Dramatics Group


Next Production

The Titfield Thunderbolt

by Philip Goulding

Included colors

October 2020

The Fulbourn Centre
Home End
CB21 5BS


The Ghost Light

In the theatre there is a tradition - whenever the theatre is empty we always make sure to leave one light on. It is usually on a stand in the centre of the stage. It is called the Ghost Light. A popular theatrical superstition concerning the Ghost Light holds that every theatre has a ghost, and some theatres have traditions to appease ghosts that reach far back into their history. Such superstitions hold that ghost lights provide opportunities for ghosts to perform onstage, thus appeasing them and preventing them from cursing the theatre or sabotaging the set or production. This is also used to explain the traditional one day a week that theatres are closed. Some superstitions claim that the ghost light is in place to scare away ghosts, not to appease them.

The Ghost Light is a temporary place holder, there to light the stage when it would otherwise be dark. Unfortunately, our stage is dark at present but we will return to light it with our next production, whenever that may be. Until then, St John's Players wish you and yours all the best during these dark times, and we hope to see you again soon.