Sunday 19th February 2017, Twilight Shadows Paranormal
conducted a paranormal investigation at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey,
Hampshire. The Plaza was was built in 1931 as a cinema. It later
became a bingo hall before becoming derelict for several years until
it became a theatre which it still is today.
arrived at the Plaza and were given a guided tour by Claire who has
been a volunteer at the theatre for a very long time. We split into
teams and commenced with our investigation.
people wanted to start with a séance and so we assembled around a
table on the stage. I opened up a protective circle and 'called out.'
Quite quickly, Rachel told me that she could feel the table moving
slightly and knocking faintly. I couldn't feel anything so I placed
the Geophone onto the table so I would be able to see any subtle
knocking or movement. There was a scratchy sound on the table. I
asked if there were any spirits present and if there were, could they
please speak using the equipment that Andrew was using. Immediately,
we all heard a voice emitted from the equipment, saying “Enjoy.”
It was like a loud whisper. We all felt an energy building and I
could feel a very cold presence very close behind me. The table
started vibrating and there was now a cold breeze whirling around in
front of us. Eventually, the table stopped moving and we decided to
investigate the dressing room area.
our walk-around the theatre earlier, several members of the team had
felt quite a heavy atmosphere as we walked into the dressing rooms.
As we re-entered, the atmosphere was not nearly as strong as it had
been earlier, although it was still there. I 'called out' and tried
to get a response. I could hear the sound of footsteps walking around
at the end. It also felt as if there was a presence who was just
there, not communicating with us but listening. Nothing happened for
quite a while and we started to talk amongst ourselves and as always
when we do this, we were stopped by a strange noise in the room. We
could all feel that we were not alone but it was not as strong as
before. I decided to try an experiment that I was once part of with
Jacky, Dave and Andrew, during a paranormal investigation that we
attended with another group. We stood in a circle, holding hands. I
did a small visualisation with the group to raise the energy which
traveled clockwise around the circle. The object of the exercise was
to see if the energy caused your body to move without you actually
moving consciously yourself. The results were pretty impressive last
time and I had been lowered gently to the ground, along with several
other people. This time, some people's joined hands were slowly
raised and some people were forced to lean sideways or forward and
back. During this time, we heard lots of tapping around the room.
been up here on his own and sitting inside a very small room within
it for fifteen minutes. Matt had previously told Ben that he'd
experienced activity in there. Ben came out and stood talking to me
and I saw movement behind him. Ben had not felt anything in the
little room but just before he came out, he heard a breath as if
someone breathed out slowly. Andrew joined us and told us that Jacky,
Dave and Matt said that that their vigil was active in the projection
room so we were hopeful. We sat quietly and the Ovilus emitted the
words, 'Queue, bright, weeps and cast.' Andrew went into the small
room by himself to see if he would experience anything. I ' called
out.' I didn't feel anything much but suddenly Ben shouted that he
had just seen a bright, white light shooting upwards. Ben's equipment
began to pick up some positive readings.
came out of the small room and said that although the temperature
seemed to drop in there, he didn't experience anything else. Matt
joined us and said that when he'd been in this room, he had seen a
shadow figure and that something had slammed into one of the
cupboards. He said that he'd also heard sounds on the roof and he had
asked Claire if anything was up there but she didn't think that there
was. Dan and Tracy came to join us and we stayed for a while. Nothing
else of a paranormal nature occurred inside the projection room.
joined together with Jacky, Dave and most of the team and we decided
to try the experiment again. We stood in a circle, holding hands and
very quickly, some of us found that our arms were rising. Tracy found
herself leaning forward and something seemed to be pushing Caroline.
been downstairs in the dressing room and came up to the stage, saying
that he had heard loud banging, like heavy footsteps stomping over
the stage. We had all been standing very still so we could not
explain what Dave had heard.
around the table and Jacky 'called out.' The table started vibrating.
Once contact had been made, we heard tapping on the table which
responded to our questions. We asked for the spirit to tap out how
many of them there were with us. There were three definitive taps.
The table then started shaking. Dave 'called out' and there were a
couple of knocks and something kept pinging the table leg really
hard. We heard a strange noise a little way, away from us but still
on the stage. We asked if the spirit would close the curtains or turn
the stage lights on. It didn't.
stamped my feet on the stage floor and asked if the spirit could do
the same. There was a noise but not so loud as the noise I had made.
The table started to move and the pinging sound on the table leg
started again. We asked for bangs on the table but the table started
to move instead. We had to stop it from going off of the stage. It
asked if it was a lady and we all started laughing as she made it
sound like a 'Little Britain' sketch. There was knocking on the table
and I asked if we could hear their footsteps and we heard a sound
that sounded like a step. Ben said “Did you hear that?” He said
that he had heard a voice mumble “Mmm mmm.” Matt heard it as
table started whizzing around the stage and eventually it stopped but
shuddered and then lifted. Claire joined us and the table continued
to judder. We could see on our equipment that the temperature was
dropping rapidly and we could really feel it physically. Sarah joined
us at the table and the table was shoved. The Geophone was lighting
up as it was picking up on all the vibrations. The table was giving
us such a performance and we thought that as we were on stage, we
would stop and give it a round of applause. Following this, all was
quiet and we asked if this was the interval.
thought that she saw someone watching us up in the projection room.
Everyone was accounted for so it was not one of the team. We then
heard a noise up there. We still wanted to know if the spirit was
male or female. We felt like it was both and so we asked:
play a female? Yes.
a dame? Yes.
mischievously said, “He's behind you” and “Oh no, he's not.”
We could feel the energy building. We asked:
a pantomime dame? Yes.
said that they are her favourite and there were two loud knocks. I
asked when he died and was informed that it was during the last
twenty years. I asked:
here all the time? NO.
discovered that he came only in visitation, the temperature started
to drop more. We asked:
play in Cinderella? No.
listed a lot of the pantomimes and received yes and no answers. Jacky
asked if this spirit ever played in Sherlock Holmes and we received
an affirmative response. Jacky said that she'd been picking that
information up as soon as we linked with this spirit.
said that he could see someone up in the projection room. The whole
team were accounted for and the theatre doors were locked so there
wasn't anyone up there. Jacky said that she could see it too. I
thought that I could see movement up there as well. We asked:
here on your own? No.
another spirit is here with us? Yes.
person an actor? No.
started to list theatre jobs but we did not solve this mystery.
remembered that this building had at one time been a cinema and the
spirit gave us an affirmative response. I could envisage an old
wartime energy and could imagine PATHAY news. Dave could still see
someone up in the projection room and I saw something up in the next
joined us. She told us that she didn't like one end of the dressing
room. She had previously heard coat hangers rattling and the curtains
seemed to move. Jacky said that she felt that she knew which end of
the room that Claire disliked and she was right. We thought we heard
footsteps in the room with us and Dave heard a giggle.
started to 'call out' and we could hear tapping and possibly
footsteps too. These noises went on for quite a while and we could
not really work out where it was coming from. I asked for the noises
to be louder and Dave thought that it sounded like someone was
rearranging something, just moving things around. Dave asked the
spirit to move the wheelchair. Now, that would be creepy and I think
we were all slightly glad that the wheelchair did not move.
was a big tap to the left of Matt. The room started to get colder.
There were a lot of polystyrene heads on a shelf. Dave asked if they
could be moved. They did not move but we heard a big knock, followed
by another knock. It was getting colder and colder and Jacky suddenly
sprang up and said that she had to move as she felt uncomfortable
with her back to the door. Matt heard a male voice which said, “Mmm
mmm” and Lauren also heard it. The rest of us heard a rumbling
sound. We sat around in silence for a while and Dave suddenly got
frustrated and said, “Come on, do something” and I heard a voice
crossly say, “What?” This voice has been captured as an EVP and
has been downloaded onto the team Facebook pages.
this, there was a lot of tapping and vibrating near to where Jacky
and Dave was sitting. This continued for a considerable time and we
didn't find a rational cause. It was getting late and we decided to
end the investigation. On behalf of the Twilight Shadows Paranormal
team, I would like Tracy and Daniel for arranging this investigation
and for Claire who was our host for the evening. We really enjoyed
by: Maria Williams
investigation was (to me) at a very exciting place; The Plaza Theatre
little bit of history…
Plaza was built in 1931 as a cinema. It became a bingo hall in the
1970s, and then lay derelict for some years until it was bought by
the Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS). They
converted the building into a theatre with two performing spaces –
the 231-seat main auditorium, the Greenroom bar and refreshment area,
which doubles as a 45-seat studio space. RAODS have owned and
operated the theatre since 1982.
is a working Theatre, our investigation was scheduled to start quite
late and more unusually, on a Sunday. Still; being serious and
dedicated Paranormal Investigators, this did not put us off.
Once everyone from the team had arrived, we were given a tour of the
available areas and taken through our plan of action and escape
routes (should a fire alarm sound).
first location, Dave, Matt and I went to the lighting and sound booth
which is said to have an ominous presence lurking in there. I
set up a Dictaphone and a video recorder and sat at one end of the
lighting booth. Dave set up his video camera and sat at the
other end of the booth and Matt stood in a separate area where one of
the spotlights is kept. While in there, Matt described that he
felt that he was not alone and could see a shadow moving around him.
He got the name Gregory which he said out loud. He said that
when he did this, the shadow stopped in front of him. He then
came out and Dave went in. As Dave went into the smaller room,
Matt and I heard something strike one of the metal cabinets in the
room with us. Neither Matt nor I had moved to possibly kick or
knock anything over. In fact, we were both sitting down.
Once in the room, Dave also said he felt that he was being watched.
He said that he thought he could see something moving in his
peripheral vision. He came out and I went in. Dave came
in with me. I admit that the small room did feel different.
However, there is a lot of electrical equipment in there. Could
this be throwing out large amounts of EMF’s (Electromagnetic
fields)? EMF’s are proven to affect people who are sensitive
went into the larger area of the lighting and sound booth. Matt
said that while we were in the smaller room, he could see a shadow
moving out from where we were and moved towards where he was.
He also said that he saw a light anomaly with his naked eye, (not
through a night vision camera). We stood around in the room.
I can honestly say I could sense an energy moving around us and did
see a few light anomalies through the video recorder. As we had
spent quite a while in this area, we felt it was a good time to move
and joined Tracy and Dan’s team for a few minutes in the bar area.
However; as soon as we did, any activity they had experienced using
the spirit board seemed to cease. I waited a few more minutes
and told them that it was most likely because we had interrupted
them. We left them to their experiment and went and sat on the
stage area for a bit.
area was down in the changing rooms. Dave and Matt decided to
try a bit of scrying.* Scrying is the practice of looking into a
suitable medium (mirror, water etc.) in the hope of detecting
significant messages or visions. Nostradamus practised scrying; he
would stare into a bowl of water or a "magic mirror" to see
the future while he was in trance.
I do not
feel comfortable scrying so I opted to film their experiment and take
notes. Dave noticed straight away that his face started to take
on different features. Dave explained that he could see
features of an older man with a heavy brow and clean shaven.
Matt also noticed that his features were altering and explained that
he could see something similar. He asked Dave if his right eye
felt strange. Dave confirmed that it did and it appeared to be
A few of
the others had started to filter in and were stood watching. As
quite a few of them had never been on an investigation before, we
invited them to have a go at scrying. As this was a changing
room, there was a lot of mirror to go around. After this
experiment was completed, it was felt that now would be a good time
to have a break. While the others went, we decided to stay for
a bit longer. Areas of the changing room were off limits due to
costumes being prepped and ready for the morning’s performance.
I did have a sneaky look behind some of the curtains however, and did
notice that one of the areas curtained off did not feel very nice.
decided to go and find Maria so left Dave and Matt to it. When
I found Maria she reminded me of an experiment we had taken part in
during an organised investigation with another events team. She
wondered if it might be worth us trying to recreate it. I
agreed it would be a good idea.
short break, Maria and I had most of the team stand around on the
stage in the circle. Maria led a visualisation exercise to
encourage energy to build and aid our experiment. This
experiment can be quite alarming but fun to do. During the
experiment, people experienced the urge to rock, step forward and sit
on the floor. Others hands would raise. It feels as it
something (you cannot see) influencing you to do this. We then
tried a bit of table tipping. *Table-turning (also known as
table-tapping, table-tipping or table-tilting) is a type of séance
in which participants sit around a table, place their hands on it,
and wait for rotations. Quite quickly, we experienced the table
moving and heard knocking noises coming from underneath the table.
During this experiment, we appeared to be talking to a male actor
that had visited the Plaza Theatre and had been a Dame in a
pantomime. I got the feeling that the actor's favourite role
had been Sherlock Holmes. The table rapped twice which we took
to mean yes. Of course we have no way to prove this.
us moved back down to the changing rooms. While here we did
start to hear a metallic ringing noise and the counter that Dave and
I were sat next to was vibrating quite violently. We eventually
worked out that the ringing noise was a metal leg (holding this
counter up) vibrating. We did not really get to the bottom of
what was causing this vibration but it seemed to stop when we moved
away from the counter. Maybe one of us had accidentally set
this off or maybe it was spirit activity acting in the same way as if
we were holding a séance around a table? We decided to call it
a night from here, as it was getting late.
like to thank Tracy and Dan for arranging this amazing location and a
big thank you to everyone involved which made tonight another amazing
initial walk around with the lights on, we all met in the auditorium.
We split into a few teams. Our team included Daniel, myself, Sarah,
Emma, Coralie, Rachel, Gareth, Lucy + Matthew E.
contact with a spirit who would not give us a name but said they were
in the corner of the room and they liked Sarah. They did not seem to
want to answer our questions. The spirit seemed to want to confuse us
as they first said they died in 1949 and they were 29 when they died,
but when I asked what year they were born they said 1938 which we
worked out would make them 11. At this moment, another team came in
to join us and the activity then suddenly stopped. We did not seem to
be able to bring the spirit back so we decided to go back down to see
what the others were doing. We did some table tipping as a group and
the table was spinning around in circles and was very active.
this, Daniel and myself went up to the projector/lighting room and we
sat in the dark, calling out. After a little while, we heard 2 loud
knocks that was not made by Daniel or myself. They were very loud and
clear and no mistaking that they came from inside the room with us
but as suddenly as it started, it stopped so we went back and found
down to the dressing room with our team and met Jacky & Dave, who
were scrying. Some of the team had a go too and interestingly they
all described seeing the same elderly man who was blind in 1 eye.
break, we took our team back up to the bar room and quickly made
contact with the same spirit from earlier. They still did not tell us
their name but did repeat the same responses as earlier saying they
died in 1949 and they were 29. This time I asked him to count how
many people were in the room and it counted 9, which was close as
there was 10 of us at this point. We then asked how many females were
there and it counted 6 which was correct. After this we said our
goodbyes to the spirit, and went back to the main auditorium and this
is where our most exciting event of the evening happened.
walked down to the stage and were starting to gather around the table
to have a go at some more table tipping when we all heard the door
which is on the stage open and shut. For a minute, we all assumed
someone from our group had gone through it but then we realised they
had not. At this point, I said we should watch the door and see if it
happened again. With all of us watching, the door opened halfway and
it seemed to be being held there but we could not see anyone there. I
shouted, “If that is a spirit holding the door, shut it now” and
the door slammed shut with such force it made us all jump. We went
straight over and investigated and there was nobody there in the hall
way. The door was not the type to be able to hold itself open halfway
like it did.
then sat on the chairs watching the stage door to see if it did it
again but nothing more happened. At this point we all decided it was
very late and decided to call it a night.
by: Tracy Hughes