Last night I did something awesome. Something I've been talking about doing for years. I went on the Lost Soul Stroll with my friend Jeannette.
The Lost Soul Stroll is a 90 minute guided walk through downtown London which is put on by the Fringe Festival. As you walk, you encounter all sorts of dastardly and unfortunate souls from London's history. Our guides last night were Dr. Thomas Cream - London's own version of Jack the Ripper, as well as Phoebe Campbell (the only woman ever hanged in London) and her lover, Tom Coyle. On our walk through the dark alleys of London we encountered such ghouls as Captain Donald Rankin - captain of the SS Victoria, whose capsizing killed 181 people, the worst tragedy in London's history; Effie Moss - a fraudulent medium who would take you for all you were worth (mind your codpieces!); Bridget Donnelly - the Midnight Lady who supposedly can be seen riding up and down the Roman Line every February 4th; the Talbot Tot - the poor infant who was found buried during the construction of the John Labatt Centre, buried and unknown for over 100 years.
All of the Lost Souls were excellent performers - the amount of work that must go into each performance is staggering. The costumes, the dialogue, the ad-libbing with the audience, and all of it happening in the rain. It was a fantastic show, and at $20 a ticket, an excellent deal.
With different Lost Souls each year, I'm definitely looking forward to checking it out next year as a new Halloween tradition. Won't you join me?