performance is astonishing…”
- The Public Reviews
Sighted in Wales!
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, here.
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 now!
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 time!
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 here
- 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 theatre.
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
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 told us,
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!
Mr 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
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)
whilst The 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 command you...
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
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.
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. Do
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
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 lovers!
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 centre. Mmmm...
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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