Scary horror film shot in Laois and premiered at the Théâtre Dunamaise


A gothic horror story that was recently the subject of a film in Laois, will be presented in preview this week at the Center d’art Dunamaise.

The Laois County Theater is delighted to host the preview screening of the Laois film ‘Lost Hearts’ on its cinema screen this Thursday, September 30 at 8 p.m. and in a virtual setting to be broadcast at home until Sunday 3 October.

“Lost Hearts” was filmed in the beautiful setting of Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co. Laois in the summer of 2021 and is one of the darkest tales of the master of horror, author MR James, who has was originally published in 1895.

This new version, adapted for the stage by Michael James Ford and Stewart Roche, features three actors and two musicians – a cellist and a violinist – plus a filmmaker, a sound engineer, a cameraman and two ghostly children from Laois!

Set in London in 1903, Stephen Elliot quickly sank into madness and addiction to opium. In an attempt to stop his decline, psychiatrist Dr. Olsen uses hypnosis to deepen the young man’s repressed memories. What is revealed is a terrifying episode from Stephen’s childhood, when, as a traumatized orphan, he was sent to live with his reclusive uncle in distant Aswarby Hall.

There he experiences increasingly disturbing incidents and is plagued by two spectral children, whose actions bring the story to its blood-curdling conclusion!

The film was adapted for the stage by Michael James Ford and Stewart Roche and stars Michael James Ford, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Kyle Hixon. The music was adapted, arranged and performed by Philip Dodd (violin) and Donal Wallace (cello) and was filmed by Naoise Kettle with sound engineering by Nick Anton of Dunamaise Arts Center and Reuben Harvey as cameraman and lighting.

Tickets for the live event and streaming are both priced at € 10 and on sale on or by calling the box office, tel: 057 8663355.

Below: a photo of Lost Hearts.

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