performance is astonishing…”
- The Public Reviews
Temple - 2014 Triumph
brings us to the end of the 2014 leg of The
Temple's revival. From Brighton all the way
to Aberystwyth via Harrogate and Leeds, the show has
thrilled audiences with it's own brand of psychological
horror. The U-29 has not yet ended it's descent into
madness, however, as it surfaces again in early 2015.
Sailing back up North to Halifax in January and then
finishing in style in Guildford in February (as part
of the double bill, The HP Lovecraft Chronicles)
make sure you get to see Lt. Comm. Altberg (and Mike!)
for what could be it's last outing for some time...fhatagn!
Cthulhu lovers! MASSIVE news this month as Mike reveals
that he will be reviving The
Temple this year for, The
Abertoir Horror Festival in Aberystwyth, Wales later
this year. The Abertoir is an annual
international horror fest featuring films, theatre,
special events and talks from some of the great names
of the horror genre. Mike told us,
being approached by Abertoir earlier
in the year, I've been itching to make this announcement
and I'm so excited to be part of this fang-tastic festival.
There's so much going on (apart from me!). All the talks
from previous years have looked facinating and I know
that this year will be no exception. The wealth of expertise
and fandom in one beautiful location will make this
such a special event. I just hope poor Lt. Comm. Altberg
of the doomed U-29 can keep his wits just long enough...!"
whole festival is on from November 11th - 16th November
2014 and full tickets to the whole festival can be purchased
All information will be on the site too with more annoucements
to come. Mike will be performing, The
Temple on Friday 14th November 2014
at 7pm in the theatre of the
Aberystwyth Arts Centre. If you would like to secure
an advance ticket JUST for the show,
you can do so by calling the Arts Centre Box Office
telephone number, which you can find on their website,
Tickets will be available on the website itself nearer
the time BUT if you want to avoid any disappointment
call the box office and secure those advance tickets
to get spooked again in the deep...fhatagn!
on The Statement - Interview with Yog-Sothoth.com
in October, Mike gave a frank and honest interview with
the fantastic Yog-Sothoth.com
about the entire process of making The Statement
of Randolph Carter and Lovecraft in general. The
interview covers many areas of production and is available
as a streamed video lasting some 40 minutes. As an added
bonus there are some actual live segments from the show
too - a real exclusive!
Statement of Randolph Carter - Tour Success!
Warren gets some well earned peace - until the next
current tour of The
Statement of Randolph Carter has now come to
a close with the last two shows performed to sell out
crowds at Harrogate Theatre. After so much support this
year, Mike wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone
who came to see a show,
has been a difficult and challenging year both professionally
and personally but with direct support from Harrogate
Civic - Barnsley, The
Lowry and of course the fantastic Holbeck
Underground Ballroom (The HUB) we did it! Not only
did we do it but we made the show a new technical success
with the voice of Randolph being completely computer
run and controlled by the fantastic Graham Rees - 'the
man behind the curtain'! This year has built on the
work of the past and extended into what is possible
with the will and love of all Cthulhu Lovers behind
us. A MASSIVE shout out to Porl Cooper of Slung Low
here. Porl runs The HUB in Leeds, which is a brilliant
place with an ethos grown out of passion for theatre
and its sharing. Go check out Slung Low and The HUB
lots of brilliant things to be discovered!
The HUB and all other venue's support and belief, we
had a set this year too, which I am very proud of. The
bare set pieces were donated by Slung Low's HUB and
again I thank them for their help and passion for creative
hope you all liked the show and it's so great to meet
people afterwards and hear their stories and relationships
to the work. It really spurs me on and so I will do
my best to keep 'em coming!
to all Cthulhu Lovers. Happy Christmas!
Talks a Twisted Tale...
the performance at The Lowry of The Statement of
Randolph Carter, Mike met audience members to sign
posters and have a chat when he was asked for an interview
for, Twisted Tales. This he did and now the
interview has been published online discussing some
of Mike's approaches and thoughts on Lovecraft, theatre
and creativity. Check it out here!
anounces The Statement of Randolph Carter!
news this month sees the long awaited announcement of
Sabbaton's latest one man show experience. We've been
made to wait too long and now, finally, the secret has
been revealed to us. Yes...It's The Statement
spoke to Mike and he told us,
you wanted it...you got it! I've been asking fans what
they'd like to see and this one was always going to
be a challenge so I thought, why not? When I say challenge,
I really mean it this time. This one is going to be
a little different so I'm going to need all my wits
about me. The thing that attracted me to The
Statement was that we never really got to know
what might have happened to Harley Warren, one of the
protagonists in the story. In my adaptation, I hope
to redress the tale and give his side of things. Randolph
Carter is there too and also a special guest who may
turn out to be a recurring character in future shows?
So, We'll see. Please do spread the word and...FHATAGN!
there we go. The Statement of Randolph Carter will be
playing to venues in the Yorkshire area this Autumn
2013 so stay tuned for all future dates. For more details
of the show, just pop on over to the show website HERE.
SPREAD THE WORD !!
Harley Warren, doomed Acolyte of the Occult
Magazine sings Sabbaton!
news is that Starburst
Magazine, the longest running Sci-fi
magazine, has featured a great review of Mike's AUDIO
VERSION of The Call of Cthulhu. Ed Fortune,
who reviewed the piece wrote,
is chameleon-like in his performance; he effortlessly
shifts from role to role, and uses audio’s greatest
strength (the ability to make listeners imagine impossible
things) to its full effect...
is a delightfully creepy production, the incidental
music is appropriately scary and the special effects
are just understated enough to be get under your skin...
drama is both engaging and genuinely disturbing, mostly
due to the strength of the actor’s performance.
Fans of all things H.P. Lovecraft will find this just
sort of thing they like..."
get your own AUDIO CD and relive the madness, just visit
the shop and get clicking...Fhatagn!
legendary, Starburst Magazine
Day in Mike's Shed' - Sabbaton Documentary!
month documentary film maker, Karl Ellison,
visited Mike and filmed a short documentary piece on
Sab's work. We asked Mike what it was like to be 'the
subject' rather than 'the character' for a change. He
funny really. I spend most of my time speaking through
other people's thoughts and living through their worlds
so it's strange to really 'encounter' yourself pretty
bare for all to see. What it does do, I think, is to
help you to really see the work and yourself as one
unit - symbiotically linked, if you like - it's strange
how it has all developed really and I hope to continue
for as long as people want me to do it. Karl has made
a very touching piece, I think, and now I want to know
what happens next to 'this guy'!"
see what you think, Cthulhu lovers. Click on the photo
below to link to the film and check it out. Why not
post your thoughts on the Facebook
page too! Till next time, Fhatagn!
Karl Ellison in Sab's Shed
Cthulhu and Sabbaton Sighted in Harrogate and Salford!
What a fantastic weekend start to The H.P. Lovecraft
Chronicles tour. Mike premiered The Temple and
reprised Cthulhu to a packed audience at The Harrogate
Theatre Studio on Friday 5th. What a great night and
a fantastic atmosphere. The crowd were amazin and the
reaction was superb.
vibe grew and continued onto Salford and The Lowry Studio
the next night with another capacity crowd. Mike met
fans afterwards and said, "I am so happy that we
have had such a great reaction to the new show, The
Temple and equally that Cthulhu is still going down
well. I am really encouraged and inspired with the many
calls for more work so I will see what I can do!"
to all at Harrogate and The Lowry. Two fantastic teams!
have the first couple of reviews in as well so see what
you think here:
again, the FAB sound design for both Temple
and Cthulhu from Rob Speight of outpost
sound has not gone un-noticed and it seems
that quite a following is growing for 'The Sabbaton
Sound'! Check out outpost's article
on the design here:
more dates for the latest Temple and Cthulhu
Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead hosts The H.P. Lovecraft
Chronicles (the double bill of Temple AND Cthulhu)
Civic, Barnsley brings forth Cthulhu ONLY for a
special HALLOWEEN performance. Check out the full dates
so far below, Cthulhu and Temple lovers!
press news at the end of July is that the brilliant
sound design for The Temple has now been completed
and is ready to dive, dive, dive!
went to work with the brilliant Rob Speight of Outpost
Soundin Brighton to master the music tracks
and create the overall sound design for the show. Mike
told us, "Working with Rob at Outpost is a great
experience and what he has achieved will, I'm sure,
blow the audience's tentacles off! Thoroughly recommend
working with Outpost. Fab guys!". The soundtrack
has been wonderfully mastered so it has a great dynamic
range and the atmosphere of being deep undersea is palpable.
dates for The H.P. Lovecraft Chronicles
Cthulhu and Temple lovers...latest dates announced and
ON SALE !!!
Temple now has its own video trailer and is on
both this site on the media page and on you tube!
dates for The H.P. Lovecraft Chronicles - Sabbaton's
double bill of The Temple and The Call
of Cthulhu - are now coming in so check out the
trailer below to get a sneak peek at what's in store...
Temple and The Call of Cthulhu - First Date Announced...
and Cthulhu have their first combined double
feature date released from the depths!
together as, The H.P. Lovecraft Chronicles,
Mike will perform at The Harrogate Studio Theatre this
October 5th so book your tickets fast. Click on
the pic below to go to the theatre's site. Do it!. We
Temple and The Call opf Cthulhu - Update...
main balast and prepare to surface! Dates are now coming
in from venues for this Autumn's tour of The Temple
and The Call of Cthulhu. So much so that Mike
has agreed to produce a double feature in several places
with both shows going on in one evenings performance!
Will Sabbaton survive? We hope so. The double feature
events will be advertised as, The H.P. Lovecraft
Chronicles, and we'll let you know the dates and
places as soon as we can! (Ok - here's a teaser...The
Lowry, Salford Quays this Autumn!!!)
news this month is that the promo photography has now
been completed for The Temple. Mike went to
Oxford for the shoot where the remarkable Mr Karl Ellison
captured our first encounter with Lt. Comm. Karl Altberg
of the doomed U-29. You can see a selection from the
shoot on The Temple website HERE
but for those of you too impatient for a click away,
just for you, here is the arrogant Captain himself...
Temple - New Show Website Launched...
next project is going to be another Lovecraft adaptation
to premier and tour Autumn 2012.
a story of possession, madness and arrogance as it tells
the story of the U-29, a stricken and cursed German
Uboat in 1917. The show promises to build on the success
of Cthulhu and we can't wait to dive down into
depths of madness. We just hope Mike can cope with it
all! With photos, reviews and the video trailer all
to follow later in the year, stay tuned for more news
as it is released. ALAAAAARM !!!!
AUDIO VERSION MP3 Released from the Depths !
right! After a bit of a delay, the CTHULHU AUDIO VERSION
MP3 is here. Oh, yes...'nuff said. Click on the logo
below to go to the shop and buy it now. Price £5.99.
AUDIO VERSION MP3 Soon to be Released...
exciting news this month, Cthulhu lovers, as the fiercely
awaited AUDIO VERSION of Sabbaton's adaptation of The
Call of Cthulhu is soon to be relesed! Those of
you who have seen the AUDIO TRAILER for the MP3 download
will have already sampled a taste of what's in store.
The AUDIO VERSION presents in 'radio play' form the
same stage version that we all know and fear just tweaked
a little for this different medium. We think that it
sounds great on headphones as you get the full intimate,
stereo experience straight into your head - where the
great old one always should reside! So, perfect for
your i-pod or MP3 player and equally as good on your
home stereo system too. At just over 42 minutes in length
it presents the wonderfully concentrated world of poor
Francis Thurston (some strong language and material).
Priced at £5.99, it won't break the bank either
so we hope you enjoy the show. Do let us know what you
think and spread the word. You can still see the trailer
on the MEDIA PAGE.
AUDIO VERSION Trailer Released...
news this month as the long awaited AUDIO VERSION of
Mike's adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu is
now recorded! Late this January, Mike went to Outpost
Sound to make the recording with the fabulously
talented Mr Rob Speight (who produced the fantastic
sound design for the stage show too!). Sabbaton says,
"It's great working with Rob as the two of us work
really well together and get to excersise our creative
muscles/tentacles!". A short trailer has been put
together to advertise the upcoming release of the full
MP3 download. You can see it here,
on the media page. Hopefully,
the full release will surface from the depths in early
March and we'll certainly keep you all posted. In the
meantime, spread the word to any blogs and related sites
of interest and watch this space. Enjoy the trailer...fhatagn!
Speaks and Sits on Sets...
from catching up with some interesting voice over work
this month, Mike performed in Moliere's, Doctor
for a Day. In a new translation by Tim
Chilcott, this fantastically funny play was performed
as a public play reading with the Brighton based company,
Directed by Sylvia Vickers, Mike played the valet, Valere,
and the (ahem) young lover, Leander. Lots of hard work
but great, great fun and the appreciative crowds seemed
to think so too. Jolly good!
one man adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft horror, The
Call of Cthulhu, is being adapted into an audio
version for later release. If you've seen the stage
show, you'll want a download for sure! Hopefully this
should be ready in the new year so stay tuned Cthulhu
news this month comes from Mike's annual set design
and building week at a Hertfordshire school for their
upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. This
is the only formal set design work Mike does now but
he still likes to keep his hand in once a year to try
to encourage a synergy between performance and space.
The brief was to design and build a 24' octagon floor
for the 'in the round' production. Using only hardboard
and about ten layers of paint, a textured stone, italian
esq plaza was formed complete with old blood splatters
from past feuds and an abstract 'blood well' for the
on (a) Set
Storms Salford Quays and Halifax...
29th and 31st of October, Mike took his one man adaptation
of the H.P. Lovecraft classic, The
Call of Cthulhu, to Square
Chapel and The
Lowry. Both shows brought in a great audience reaction
and got some fantastic new reviews (check them out on
the PRESS PAGE).
The sell out show at The Lowry made for a fantastic
Halloween with such an intense atmosphere. Many audience
members commented afterwards that they would love to
see some more Sabbaton/Lovecraft work so all we can
say is, "Watch this space!". Mike has several
ideas up his pan dimentional sleeve and hopes to put
some of these into action in the near future. Thanks
to all Cthulhu Lovers who came. Untill next time - Fhatagn!
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