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Award-winning horror-comedy returns to the West End for Hallowe’en

London, 16th October, 2012

Expect screams of terror and hilarity when the award-winning horror-comedy podcasts In The Gloaming make their debut at the Leicester Square Theatre next week.

The team behind the In The Gloaming podcasts return with In The Gloaming Live! at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 25th and 28th October, 2012.

Started in 2009, the In The Gloaming podcasts were an opportunity for a group of young comedians to get together once a month. Within six months they were winning international awards, taking centre stage at the World Horror Festival, and getting thousands of downloads. This month, as part of the Leicester Square Theatre’s 13th Hour Horror Festival, they will be back on stage once more.

Devised by Nathaniel Tapley, a comedy writer and performer for The News Quiz, The Revolution Will Be Televised, Dick And Dom’s Funny Business, and Gigglebiz amongst other things, In The Gloaming was created as a tribute to a kind of programme that doesn’t often get made any more.

I was watching a lot of Tales of the Unexpected and Hammer House Of Horror and wondered why we didn’t have anything similar. We’d also just had another baby, so I had lots of long, sleepless nights to fill with making up nasty little stories,” Tapley says.

He assembled a cast which included ex-Eastender Michael Greco, and talented character comedians like Lizzie Roper (Dead Boss), Darren Strange (Parents), Ruth Bratt (Mongrels, Derek), and John Voce (Miranda), and they created a whole series of horror-comedy podcasts that took the world by storm.

The mixture of spooky stories and silly humour proved an instant hit. The episodes, presented by creepy Melmoth Darkleigh soon garnered a huge online audience. Within two months they were receiving thousands of downloads of every episode.

As the cast got busier it got more difficult to arrange times when they could get together and record. In 2010, the team won a Parsec Award (an international prize) for Best New Podcaster, but could not manage to schedule recording any more episodes after that.

This October, however, the Leicester Square Theatre asked them to perform their original episodes, as well as a brand new one written exclusively for the show, for which they have re-assembled the original cast.

Tapley says, “It’s great that the Leicester Square Theatre have given us the opportunity to revisit all of the fun we had a couple of years ago. It lets us introduce our grisly mix of belly-laughs, and belly-innards to a whole new group of people.”

In The Gloaming Live! at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 25th and 28th October, 2012. Performances are at 21:00 on the 25th and 20:30 on the 28th, and tickets cost £10.

COMPANY INFORMATION: In The Gloaming were a series of horror-comedy podcasts launched in 2009. They won the 2010 Parsec Award for Best New Podcasters.

PRESS CONTACT:

Nathaniel Tapley,

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Twitter: @natt

http://www.nathanieltapley.com

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Dear All,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that, although you’re all waiting eagerly for tomorrow’s instalment, there will be no January Gloaming. This is because of a couple of things: various people’s illnesses, work commitments, and the fact that I am an utter arse.

Still, do not fear. the cast and crew of In The Gloaming have instead put their 2008 effort, The Meeting, onto Youtube for you instead. Made by Comedybox and guest starring Eastender Michael Greco, The Meeting was the first real creation of the group who now make In The Gloaming, and has not been available on the Internet for the last year or so. There are 8 x 3 min episodes, so you’re still getting about half and hour’s comedy from us this month.

I didn’t decide not to do this month’s Gloaming lightly, but given a choice between producing something sub-standard just so that we wouldn’t have missed a month, or spending the time getting next month’s to be excellent, I chose the latter.

Anyway, here, for your delectation, is The Meeting.

Sweet screams…

N

x

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(in a non-rude way…)

Yes, it’s done. Our first recording session was today, and all of the voices for October’s podcast have been inscribed onto metal tapes by elves, and are being stored in a magic cavern, as is my understanding. Many thanks to Raoul Brand who beat the elves until they did it right. He really beat them quite hard. Almost unnecessarily hard…

The cast is dreamy, and a nice nod to the glory days of The Meeting (don’t ask – it will take far too long to explain), those shouting in a small room were: Zoe S Battley, Ruth Bratt, Michael Greco, Darren Strange, Mark Talbot,  Nathaniel Tapley, and John Voce.

It was a veritable orgy of vocal-comedy genius, and I felt hugely privileged to sit on the other side of a glass wall and shout at them to do it better. Really, really lovely.

Anyway, I must sleep, for tomorrow we have a heavy day of rending chicken carcasses and throwing things to make sound effects for all of the bits that the actors were to lazy to… well, act.

Sweet screams…

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So, casting is underway and Podcast #1, tentatively titled ‘Dead Skinny’, is beginning to take shape. It’s a gruesome little slice of body-horror in the Cronenberg vein (although not, yet, in any of Cronenberg’s veins).

Tomorrow is talking to more actors, and seeing if I can nab a very special guest star…

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