performance is astonishing…”
- The Public Reviews
2016 SABBATON SHOW ANNOUNCED!
2016...It's time for a new show...It's...POLARIS!
have decided to make Polaris my new Lovecraft theatre
adaptation so hope to be getting it out there from Autumn,
2016. Originally written in 1918, it's quite a short
story but has much potential, I think, in developing
it's ideas and reference points within the mythos. Here's
a bit about it...
is 1920. In a Louisiana swamp, a man disturbed by recent
events and too afraid to sleep begins to relive his
nightmare. All around, there is a strange aurora of
light. The man anxiously stares into the dark sky above
and through the vapour-soaked trees the pole star, Polaris,
winks hideously striving to convey some strange message
of the man's ancient, ancestral past.
story takes us back through dreams and twisted realities,
strange people, creatures and 'gods', back through ice-ages
to a distant pre-historic past and up to the stars,
planets and weird, alien races. Just what is real…and
how can we be sure if we are all truly awake? Polaris,
brings the same qualities of dark mystery, suspense
and science-fiction 'horror' that Lovecraft has become
known for questioning concepts of fear, the unknown
and our own very existence.
think that the piece opens up many doors questioning
concepts of 'reality' and 'world' with initial research
taking me to many epic places of time and space...there
are so many connections in this story when you start
digging...so many possibilities so should be fun!
also doing some video diaries charting the production
process that I'm posting on my Facebook Fanpage and
Youtube channel so do take a look and see what you think!
Here's a link:
share, like, subscribe and above all, tell your friends
as I need the support! Remember also that AUDIO VERSIONS
of Cthulhu and Temple are available plus signed posters
on the 'Sabbaton Shop' page so do grab one if you can
as it all helps...
Interview with Brutal as Hell Horror Webzine
I had the pleasure of giving an interview to Keri O’Shea
of, Brutal as Hell, a webzine for all things horror
and especially movies of that nature. In the interview
I chat about how all these Lovecraftian shenanigans
started and the process of the work – past, present
and future. Check it out HERE,
Temple AUDIO VERSION Has Surfaced!
much work and waiting, The
Temple AUDIO VERSION, is now here and available
on CD from The
Sabbaton Shop. It's an adaptation of my stage version
so I hope you all like it. Time to relive the plight
of poor, doomed Lt. Comm. Altberg and the cursed U-29
once again but this time in the relative comfort of
your own home! Go grab yourself some Sabbaton Swag...Ahhhhhh!
Temple - Dives for the Last Time
the next time!)
gave my last performance of, The
Temple, recently as part of a double feature
presentation with The
Call of Cthulhu. Under the title, The H.P.
Lovecraft Chronicles, Lt. Comm. Karl Altberg made
his last stab at sanity and failed. Over two nights
at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, the U29 dived
its last and came to rest for the foreseeable future.
Perhaps she will rise again in the future but for now
it's farewell to Altberg and his cursed ship. Fear not,
however, as if you'd like to re-live the doomed submarine's
dread journey to the depths you can now get your own
AUDIO VERSION on CD. Just swim over to THE
SABBATON SHOP and grab yourself a copy with some
other goodies too! Till next time, "Auf widersehen!".
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 I reveal
that I 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...
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. I'll 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, I 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, I 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, I met audience members to sign
posters and have a chat when I was asked for an interview
for, Twisted Tales. This I did and now the
interview has been published online discussing some
of my 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. I've made
you wait too long so now, finally, the secret is revealed.
Yes...It's The Statement !!!
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!
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 me and filmed a short documentary piece on my
work. In terms of being 'the subject' rather than 'the
character' for a change, 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
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. I 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 amazing
and the reaction was superb.
vibe grew and continued onto Salford and The Lowry Studio
the next night with another capacity crowd. 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!
first couple of reviews are in as well so see what you
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. 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,
I 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!. I
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 I
have agreed to produce a double feature in several places
with both shows going on in one evenings performance!
Will Sabbaton survive? I hope so. The double feature
events will be advertised as, The H.P. Lovecraft
Chronicles, and I'll let you know the dates and
places as soon as I 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. I 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
U-boat in 1917. I hope the show builds on the success
of Cthulhu and I can't wait to dive down into
depths of madness. I just hope I 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. Do it!
AUDIO VERSION MP3 Soon to be Released...
exciting news this month, Cthulhu lovers, as the fiercely
awaited AUDIO VERSION of my adaptation of The Call
of Cthulhu is soon to be relesed! Those of you
who have seen the AUDIO TRAILER will have already sampled
a taste of what's in store. The AUDIO VERSION presents
in 'radio play' form the same stage version that you
all know and fear just tweaked a little for this different
medium. I 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! At just over 42 minutes in length it presents
the wonderfully concentrated world of poor Francis Thurston
(some strong language and material). I hope you enjoy
the show. Do let me know what you think and spread the
word. You can still see the trailer on the MEDIA
AUDIO VERSION Trailer Released...
news this month as the long awaited AUDIO VERSION of
my adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu is now
recorded! Late this January, I 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!). 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. You can see it here,
on the media page. Hopefully,
the full release will surface from the depths in early
March and I'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, I 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, I 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 it for sure! Hopefully this should
be ready in the new year so stay tuned Cthulhu lovers!
news this month comes from my 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 I do now but I still like
to keep my 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, I took my 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 - "Watch
this space!". I've got several ideas up my pan-dimentional
sleeve and hope 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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