A PSYCHOLOGICAL horror hits the stage at the Old Fire Station this month as part of the Carlisle Fringe Festival.

Highly Suspect's original play We Know Now Snowmen Exist is a claustrophobic stage show, inspired by the unsolved 1950s Dyatlov Pass mystery, tackling secrets and isolation between five flawed female characters.

Carlisle Fringe has supported emerging Cumbrian director Lexie Ward to realise a piece of work at the festival.

Since forming in 2013 Highly Suspect have established themselves as one of the country’s leading Murder Mystery companies, having performed at prestigious venues such as Durham, Cathedral, The National Centre for the Written Word and Blackpool Winter Gardens.

In 2018, they are branching out to create original theatre pieces, and We Know Now Snowmen Exist marks the transition from being solely a murder mystery performance company to a theatre company creating original plays.

We Know Now Snowmen Exist was one of three creative commissions that were successful in Carlisle Fringe Festival's Creative Sparks commission.

Director Lexie Ward says: ‘‘To have won the Creative Spark Commission for theatre has been such a boost for us, as ‘Snowmen’ is a very contemporary psychological horror play, and it’s great to have been given a platform to develop and perform such a piece.

"With Carlisle’s reputation as the Great Border City we are proud to present a cast comprising of five extremely talented Scottish actresses."

Highly Suspect is run by Lexie Ward and Michael Spencer, who have respectively directed and written We Know Now Snowmen Exist.

Lexie graduated in 2017 with an MA with Distinction in directing from the University of Cumbria, and won the NODA Best Director Award in 2015.

We Know Now Snowmen Exist shows at the Old Fire Station for one night only on Wednesday August 29, from 7.15pm, and tickets are available via www.carlislefringe.co.uk