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“Sabbatton’s performance is astonishing…” - The Public Reviews

APRIL 2014

U-29 Sighted in Wales!

Greetings 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,

"After 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...!"

jThe whole festival is on from November 11th - 16th November 2014 and full tickets to the whole festival can be purchased from The Abertoir website here. 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!

Time to get spooked again in the deep...fhatagn!

 

DECEMBER 2013

Sabbaton on The Statement - Interview with Yog-Sothoth.com

Back 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!

 

NOVEMBER 2013

The Statement of Randolph Carter - Tour Success!

Harley Warren gets some well earned peace - until the next time!

The 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,

"It has been a difficult and challenging year both professionally and personally but with direct support from Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel, The 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!

With 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.

I 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!

Thanks to all Cthulhu Lovers. Happy Christmas!

Mike x Fhatagn!"

 

Sabbaton Talks a Twisted Tale...

After 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!

The Rite begins!

 

JULY 2013

Sabbaton anounces The Statement of Randolph Carter!

Hot 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 !!!

We spoke to Mike and he told us,

"Well, 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! "

So, 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 !!

Introducing Harley Warren, doomed Acolyte of the Occult

 

JUNE 2013

Starburst Magazine sings Sabbaton!

Brilliant 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,

"Sabbaton 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...

This 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...

The 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..."

To read the full review, just click HERE.

To get your own AUDIO CD and relive the madness, just visit the shop and get clicking...Fhatagn!

The legendary, Starburst Magazine

 

MAY 2013

'A Day in Mike's Shed' - Sabbaton Documentary!

This 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,

"It's 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'!"

Well, 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

 

OCTOBER 2012

U-29, Cthulhu and Sabbaton Sighted in Harrogate and Salford!

Alright! 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.

The 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!"

Thanks to all at Harrogate and The Lowry. Two fantastic teams!

We have the first couple of reviews in as well so see what you think here:

The Public Reviews, Review

What's on Stage, Review

Once 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:

outpost's Temple Sound Design Article

More soon Cthulhu lovers!

 

AUGUST 2012

Temple and Cthulhu Tour Update...

Two more dates for the latest Temple and Cthulhu tour. The 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!

 

The H.P. Lovecraft Chronicles (double bill)

Friday 5th October 2012 at The Harrogate (Studio), Harrogate

Saturday 6th October 2012 at The Lowry (Studio), Salford Quays

Friday 26th October 2012 at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

Saturday 3rd November 2012 at Redditch Palace Theatre (The Room Upstairs), Redditch

 

The Call of Cthulhu ONLY - SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PERFORMANCE

Wednesday 31st October 2012 at The Civic, Barnsley

 

NOW GO GET YOUR TICKETS

MORE DATES TO COME !!!

 

JULY 2012

Temple Sound Success!

Stop 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!

Mike went to work with the brilliant Rob Speight of Outpost Sound in 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.

Great work Outpost!

Latest dates for The H.P. Lovecraft Chronicles

Ok Cthulhu and Temple lovers...latest dates announced and ON SALE !!!

Friday 5th October 2012 at The Harrogate (Studio), Harrogate

Saturday 6th October 2012 at The Lowry (Studio), Salford Quays

Saturday 3rd November 2012 at Redditch Palace Theatre (The Room Upstairs), Redditch

NOW GO GET YOUR TICKETS

MORE DATES TO COME !!!

JUNE 2012

The Temple - Video Trailer Released...

nThe Temple now has its own video trailer and is on both this site on the media page and on you tube!

More 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...

 

 

MAY 2012

The Temple and The Call of Cthulhu - First Date Announced...

Temple and Cthulhu have their first combined double feature date released from the depths!

Billing 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...

APRIL 2012

The Temple and The Call opf Cthulhu - Update...

Blow 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!!!)

Other 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...

 

MARCH 2012

The Temple - New Show Website Launched...

Sabbaton's next project is going to be another Lovecraft adaptation to premier and tour Autumn 2012.

The Temple is 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 !!!!

 

Cthulhu AUDIO VERSION MP3 Released from the Depths !

That's 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 it!

 

FEBRUARY 2012

Cthulhu AUDIO VERSION MP3 Soon to be Released...

More 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.

 

Until next time...Fhatagn!

 

JANUARY 2012

Cthulhu AUDIO VERSION Trailer Released...

Exciting 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!

NOVEMBER 2011

Sabbaton Speaks and Sits on Sets...

Apart 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, Wired Theatre. 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!

Mike's 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!

Other 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...

Sabbaton on (a) Set

 

OCTOBER 2011

Sabbaton Storms Salford Quays and Halifax...

On 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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