Creepy Valentine’s Classics: An Alternative Valentine’s Evening

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Friday 14th February 2020, 6.30pm

Are you fed up of roses and kittens and pink woollen mittens dominating the Feast of St Valentine? Are you a non-romantic keen to hear stories of just how horribly wrong a romantic relationship can go? Are you a romantic with different tastes to the norm? Then this event is for you!

Join us for a pair of ancient Anti-Valentine’s ghost stories, told in the spooky atmosphere of the Coffin Works. These Greco-Roman tales have romantic relationships in them, sure, but all does not end well for these star-crossed lovers – not least because at least one partner is dead all along.

In the story of Melissa and Periander from Herodotus’ Histories, cruel tyrant Periander needs his dead wife’s help, but she is not impressed with him, for several reasons. In the story of Phillinnion and Machetes from Phlegon of Tralles’ Mirabilia, young romantic Machetes finds himself in a relationship with a young woman who is not what she seems…

These ancient ghost stories will be dramatically re-told by storyteller and ancient historian Dr Juliette Harrisson, host of the Creepy Classics podcast. Each will be followed by a short talk about the story, looking at how Juliette has adapted it, where it comes from, and how it might or might not relate to ancient afterlife belief.


This performance will take place at the Coffin Works, in one of its heritage spaces. It’s advisable to wear coats as rooms can be chilly. No food or drink allowed.

Please be aware that this performance is not suitable for children under the age of 12, due to the subject matter.

Adults £15, Children over 12/Students £12

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