This Hallowe’en the doors are being opened on a largely forgotten Dumfries building.

The proprietors are inviting you to The Feast – somewhere in central Dumfries.

In October the award-winning Bunbury Banter Theatre Company, in association with Grid Iron, Surge and The Stove, will be presenting Beneath The Dust – an immersive and site responsive production intended to put the scare back into Hallowe’en.

They are keeping tight lipped about exactly what’s in store for the public and the only way to find out for sure what it’s all about is by accepting your invitation to The Feast.

Ali Anderson-Dyer, Director and co-founder of Bunbury Banter, said: “Hallowe’en used to be a time when communities banded together to ward off darkness and evil. After all, nothing brings people closer than the fear of the unknown. 

“Much of that has been lost, and old Hallowe’en traditions have been in a long decline. So we thought it was high time to try to reverse that trend and offer people something with more bite than a Hollywood horror movie.

“We hope that Beneath The Dust will get people wondering how well they know the place where they live, and how confident they really are that it’s all just a show.”

Strictly for over 18s, Beneath the Dust takes places at various times from 30 October to 2 November.

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Listings Details

  • Venue: to be revealed
  • Dates: 30, 31 October 1, 2 November
  • Performance time: 18:00, 19:30, 21:00
  • Tickets: £23 or £19.50 concessions
  • Book online at

About the Director

Ali Anderson-Dyer has directed Black Roses (Theatre Royal, Dumfries), Words Live (The Stove and Catstrand), all four of the A Play, A Poet and A Pastryseries (Theatre Royal, Dumfries), Blackout(Theatre Royal, Dumfries), Ego et Al(Hidden Door Festival 2017), Freedoms Cut(National Theatre of Scotland’s five Minute Festival), Moon On A Stick & Fancy Meeting You Here by Lisa Fulthorpe (Bunbury Banter), Rain Stops Play  (Bunbury Banter, starring Timothy West and Prunella Scales)The Bonk(Bunbury Banter, starring Nichola McAuliffe), Handmaidens of Death(University of Hertfordshire), Memories of Loss(Riverside Studios), The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley (Battersea Arts Centre), Stiff (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Settled (Rosemary Branch Theatre) and Gaelic Storytelling; The Bravery of Love (St Mary’s University College).

About Bunbury Banter

Born from a desire to make high quality arts accessible to all, the awards-winning Bunbury Banter Theatre Company produces fearlessly responsive, entertaining theatre, specialising in creating immersive experiences and bringing together multiple arts forms. Their artistic projects often involve working with new writing but the company also experiments with other forms of theatrical performance and storytelling, outside the realms of the traditional theatre space. To date they have produced over eighty individual pieces of audio drama, several site-specific installations and staged many theatrical works. Recent work includes Words Live, a collection of gratitude’s woven together, Black Roses, originally by Simon Armitage updated by Bunbury Banter to include local verbatim stories, Blackout, by Davey Anderson, Freedoms’ Cut, a verbatim theatre piece for the National Theatre of Scotland Five Minute Festival; Mortar, a web-based audio experience which peaks behind the curtains of a shared townhouse in modern day Britain and shines a light on each inhabitant’s existence, starring Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Nichola McAuliffe; The Dark Outside, a site-specific transmission of select pieces of their past audio work in the UK’s first dark sky forest.

Media information:Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at Matthew@ScottishFestivalsPR.Org