Paranormal investigators seek theatre 'ghosts'

Paranormal investigator Kelly Cavanagh, at the Globe Theatre in Dunedin with some of her equipment. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Paranormal investigator Kelly Cavanagh, at the Globe Theatre in Dunedin with some of her equipment. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A group of Dunedin investigators will search for signs of the paranormal in the Globe Theatre this weekend, hoping to find out if a "sinister" ghost is still present.

Head of Dunedin paranormal group, The Other Side Paranormal, Kelly Cavanagh said the "less-than-nice" presence had been connected to incidents in the theatre, including one where a member of the theatre's committee believed she was pushed down the stairs by a ghost.

Ms Cavanagh said she had been involved in a previous paranormal investigation at the theatre two years ago where evidence was uncovered of the "sinister" spirit and two other spirits who did not have malicious intent.

The group believed the "less-than-nice" presence at the theatre was possibly the spirit of Robert Blackadder, who lived in the building in the 19th century before it became a theatre.

The other spirits were believed to be a girl called Mary Elizabeth Richmond (now thought to have moved on from the theatre), who lived in the building when it was a cottage in the 1860s, and former theatre caretaker Frank Grayson, who died in the 1980s.

Ms Cavanagh said one of the aims of this weekend's investigation would be to find out if Robert Blackadder was still in the building.

Three or four of the investigators would go to the theatre equipped with a combined electromagnetic field reader and temperature gauge to measure any changes which they believed could be connected to paranormal activity, a video recorder with night vision and a voice recorder for sounds.

Rosemary Beresford, of the Friends of the Globe Theatre, said the building, which became a theatre in the 1960s, was built by Dunedin's first mayor in the 1860s.

Play directors and theatre committee members were among those who had felt an otherworldly presence while alone in the building at night, she said.



Maybe not

Hi theRedmondBarrys, this particular Robert Blackadder lived on the property long before it was converted into a theatre; however, he may not have been so lucky in love as he and his wife were estranged when she died at that address. But the caretaker of the theatre loves to sit in his favourite seat in the ticket box and watch the punters roll in for a show.

Has Blackadder left yet?

Yet, northern theatres are haunted by men who passed away in their seats after the show, waiting to meet the leading lady. Was Blackadder disappointed in love?

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