While Caerphilly Players goes “Dark” during the Corona Virus we would like to keep this page “lit” using the traditional “Ghost Light”.
A “Ghost light” is an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theatre when the theatre is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. It typically consists of an exposed incandescent bulb, mounted in a wire cage on a portable light stand. It is usually placed near centre stage.
The practical use of a ghost light is mainly for safety. A ghost light enables one to navigate the theatre to find the lighting control console and to avoid accidents such as falling into the orchestra pit and stepping on or tripping over set pieces.
The superstitious have various justifications for the ghost light in relation to the supernatural. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theatre has a ghost and a ghost lights provide opportunities for ghosts to perform onstage, thus appeasing them and preventing them from cursing the theatre or sabotaging the set or production. This is also used to explain the traditional one day a week that theatres are closed.
We will be back, so watch this space for news in the coming weeks and stay safe.