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The Witching Hours

The Witching Hours
24-26 October
BATS theatre
(04) 802 4175


What happens when the clock ticks past midnight? What causes the inexplicable and supernatural to become all too logical and real?

What is hiding just in the corner of your eye, just out of sight? What are The Witching Hours?

Each night just $10 gets you two neverbefore- heard eerie audio dramas performed for you live. Some will chill your blood. Some will tickle your funny bone. All of them will change you.


No Rest for the Wicked

Acclaimed theatre company My Accomplice, fresh from their recent smash successes with the award-winning fringe hit A Play About Space and the sell-out sensation Joseph K, aren't resting on their laurels. This month they launch The Witching Hours, an anthology series of eerie audio dramas by awardwinning writer Uther Dean. Think The Twilight Zone but with the best special effects company of all time: the human imagination.

The first season of six will be performed and recorded live, two an evening, from the 24 – 26 of October at BATS theatre (On the corner of Cuba and Dixon for 2013). Each will then be podcast for the whole world to enjoy at and on iTunes. Tickets are only $10 for everyone to encourage people to take a punt on this new way of doing things.

“Everyone keeps talking about how we
need to get more people to the theatre,” says Dean. “But we're not offering enough variety in either format or content to really entice people.

Imagine going to a record store that only sells country music albums that have to be listened to all together, you'd go once a year rather than once a week.

“So, I wondered what the theatre
equivalent of an EP or a single would look like.

Some thing quick, cheap and disposable but still satisfying. The Witching Hours is my first attempt at an ‘EP' for the theatre. It's cheap, it's quick. It might not be as polished as big proper play, but $10 for a solid hour's entertainment is still great value.

“Also, I just love The Twlight Zone, The Outer Limits and Black Mirror, all those weird kooky sci-fi anthology shows that actually have a lot of space in their one-and-done format of a new story and new world everytime for both having a lot of fun and saying something a little serious. And then I started listening to things like Welcome to Nightvale and The Thrilling Adventure Hour, these radio dramas that are performed live and then podcast, and something just clicked between the two."

The cast includes Chapman Tripp-winner Paul Waggott (Red, Tribes, Joseph K), Hannah Banks (Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants, A Play About Space), Sam Hallahan (Dragonlore) and Francesca Emms (The Island Bay Loners Doomsday Christmas Singalong), and all the spooky tales are narrated by acclaimed local stand up comedian Jonny Potts.


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