Paranormal investigator Kelly Cavanagh, at the Globe
Theatre in Dunedin with some of her equipment. Photo by
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
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.