All posts by Romany Reagan

Romany Reagan received her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London in performing heritage in 2018. Her practice-based research project ‘Abney Rambles’ is comprised of four audio walks that she researched, wrote, and recorded from 2014 to 2017 within the space of Abney Park cemetery, located in the north London community of Stoke Newington. Researching the layers of heritage that make up Abney Park led to a study of the occult literary heritage of Stoke Newington, ‘earth mystery’ psychogeography, and folklore. Since completion of her PhD, Reagan has expanded her folklore research scope to encompass legends and lore from the British Isles which she is documenting on her blog, Blackthorn & Stone. Publications: ‘Crossing Paths/Different Worlds in Abney Park Cemetery’, Ways to Wander (Bridport: Triarchy Press) 2015; '"Thoughts on Mourning" Audio Walk Exploring Mourning Heritage and Death Positivity in a Victorian Garden Cemetery', Thanatos Journal, Volume 6, 2017, p50-82; 'The Gendered Garden: Sexual Transgression of Women Walking Alone in Cemeteries', Death & the Maiden, 2017, https://deadmaidens.com/2017/10/10/the-gendered-garden-sexual-transgression-of-women-walking-alone-in-cemeteries/ Website: https://blackthornandstone.com/ Twitter/Instagram: @msromany

Audio Walk: Abney Rambles—Love, Wrath, Death, Lions: A Performed History of Frank & Susannah Bostock

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Photo by Romany Reagan, Abney Park Cemetery

For this walk, enter Abney Park Cemetery from the Neo-Egyptian gates entrance on Stoke Newington High Street.

Audio Download Link: Abney Rambles – Love, Wrath, Death, Lions – A performed history of Frank & Susannah Bostock

This audio walk is the performed life story of Frank and Susannah Bostock, a famous travelling circus and menagerie couple, buried in Abney Park Cemetery. Frank was a famous lion tamer, and the Bostocks were part of the founding members of Dreamland Amusement Park, Coney Island, New York.

This walk is a love story, but not a simple one.

When completed, please take the time to fill out my short survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGRML3B

I would like to thank my cast for the generous donation of their time and performances!

Cast:

Frank Bostock: Professor Richard Dennis

Susannah Bostock: Sam Edwards

Thomas Dyson, attorney: Gavin Kelly

Times journalist: Ronan Shields