Ghost Stories Coffin Contest
GPS Director Barri Ghai spent the night sealed in a coffin on stage at the Duke of York's theatre in London's West End on Wednesday 11th May 2011.
The smash hit show Ghost Stories challenged 4 members of the public to spend the entire night sealed in wooden coffins on stage at one of London's oldest and most haunted theatres. Barri was also asked to take up the challenge on behalf of the paranormal community, along with journalist Jez Sandz.
Barri entered his individual wooden coffin at 11pm, then the lid was sealed shut by Andy Nyman the star of the show. All participants were left completely alone with only the dark to keep them company. There were luckily air holes for some ventilation, but the coffins were basic in construction and came without padding, or a silk lining.
The four lucky particpants that were chosen to take part were in with a chance of winning two return flights to New York if they lasted the night.
The contestants that were chosen to part were Krystal Dockery, 18, from Richmond, Jessica Wright, 29 from Finsbury Park, David Harvey, 21, from Bishops Stortford, and Alastair Foster, 26, from Wolverhampton.
Alastair left his coffin at 3.45am but Jessica, Krystal and David lasted the night so were put into a random draw to win the flights.
They all agreed it was one of the scariest experiences of their lives, and although they all managed to complete the challenge, only one of them could win the tickets.
Jessica Wright, a 29-year-old graphic designer from Finsbury Park was announced as the winner shortly after 7:00 am, she said: “It was absolutely awful. There was something scraping our coffins. There were sudden loud bangs and the constant sound of dripping water.
“At one point I thought I was going to have to get out - it was terrifying. I had no idea what time it was and it was the longest night ever. It all seems worth it now as I get to go to New York!”
Barri, who had joined the contestants in a fifth coffin said: “I’ve been investigating paranormal activity for many years so thought it was a great opportunity to spend the night in a haunted theatre and to sleep in a coffin too. “I can honestly say it was one of the most difficult experiences I’ve ever had, I hardly slept, and was absolutely boiling!"
Ghost Stories has recently announced the West End run will finish on June 19. Over a quater of a million people have seen the show and know its secrets. Do you???