Paloma Faith launches Carnesky’s Ghost Train in spook-tacular Blackpool

International singing sensation Paloma Faith will pay a nostalgic visit to Blackpool this Friday (April 2) to welcome the spooky Carnesky’s Ghost Train to a prominent Promenade location.

The interactive voyage through dark goings on, performed by live actors, has been enjoyed by customers around the world and will now open in the UK’s home of seaside entertainment this week.

Before her leap to international stardom, singing sensation Paloma Faith was one of the ghosts on Carnesky’s Ghost Train – she played a roma gypsy in a room with no doors, with doves flying out of her chest and mouth in a Victorian illusion called Pepper’s Ghost. Paloma will be in town to do the honours and open the ride in Blackpool.

Featuring an array of amazing live performers and burlesque circus starlets, the ride is scary and dark, yet bewitching and beautiful, as passengers voyage through eerie rooms of vintage ephemera and magic, disappearing ladies.

Having toured the country to locations as diverse as Glastonbury and Brick Lane, London.

Artistic Director Marisa Carnesky believes the ride has now found its spiritual home. She said: “This spectacular ride toured the UK and Europe to great acclaim before taking up its rightful place of residence on the Promenade in Blackpool, Britain’s historic home of variety and live entertainment. “Working with Blackpool Illuminations it has been rebuilt with stunning lighting effects and illuminated facade, new visual sets and effects inside.” Effects that include those dreamt up by leading artists from the worlds of theatre and magic, including Paul Kieve, who designed illusions for the Harry Potter movies.

The ride tells a tragic story as old as time itself, yet as real today as ever, of a mourning mother searching for her lost daughters who boarded a mysterious train in a war-torn town.

It has now been cast with leading young performers from Blackpool and the surrounding areas who have undergone rigorous horror dance training – learning Japanese ‘Butoh’ mime and 1930s German expressionist dance techniques to make the experience more haunting and scary than ever.

Carnesky’s Ghost Train will be open at Flagstaff Gardens, Blackpool, FY4 1BB, from April 2 between noon and 8pm on weekends and for extended periods during peak holiday times.
Adult tickets cost £3.50 and children aged under 14 years can ride for just £2. A family of four (2 adults; 2 children under 14) costs £10. Visit www.visitblackpool.com/carneskys  for further details.

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