Spooky, Poe-esque DARKTALES written by Tim Arthur, starring Andrew Paul and Sean Ward returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, plays at Pleasance Once from 3 August – 29 August
Horror-thriller Darktales is the scariest show at the Fringe! 21 years ago audience members gasped, screamed, fainted or had to leave the theatre. This chilling, creepy play explores the myths and the stories that scare us at night, and the two men who write them. The conversation becomes a sinister exchange, a dark rivalry – but the men are linked by more than their writing – there is a strong smell of sexual jealousy! And the mysterious Lucy looms over their stories. Confronting each other by demonstrating the power of each of their writing styles, slowly reveals a dark secret, leading to a terrifying conclusion.
TIM ARTHUR’s revised version of the script that terrified Fringe audiences updates the story for new audiences, but its haunting tales remain as chilling and as terrifying as before. Drawing inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft you may think you know where Darktales is going, but it has scary surprises and twists up its sleeve.
Darktales is written by Tim Arthur, former editor-in-chief of Time Out Magazine and will be directed by the double Olivier Award nominee DAN CLARKSON, one half of the duo behind Potted Potter – an internationally-acclaimed, Harry Potter experience.
ANDREW PAUL, the familiar TV face most famous for his role as P.C. Dave Quinnan in The Bill will take on the role of Alex Crowley, the Professor.
Jack Langton, his ex-student, is played by SEAN WARD, who terrified the residents of Coronation Street as Callum Logan. Although Callum was brutally murdered in September 2015, he is currently haunting the residents of ‘The Street’, the Platt family to crisis as Sarah Platt has just given birth to his baby and believes he is alive!
CARRIE MARX plays the mysterious Lucy – the reason for Alex and Jack’s meeting. Carrie is an actress, singer and writer who has recently taken part in Secret Cinema productions to great acclaim.
MORE ABOUT THE TEAM
Andrew Paul – Alex Crowther
Andrew Paul is a familiar TV face, best known for playing P.C Dave Quinnan in ‘The Bill’ and Billy Boothe in ‘Where The Heart Is’. Most recently Andrew played the villainous Dan Jones in ‘Coronation Street’.
Other Television & Film credits include Casualty; Dracula; Lewis; The Telemachy; EastEnders; Holby City; Missing Persons; Inspector Morse; A Vote for Hitler; Gentlemen and Players; Bellman and True; Slinger’s Day; Mrs. Capper’s Birthday; The Ties of Blood; Tripper’s Day; The Pirates of Penzance; The Setbacks; Going Out; The Day of the Triffids; Time of My Life; The Sweeney; The Losers; Premiere; Out; Scum; Shadows; 2nd House; Shades of Greene; and Alan Parker’s Film Bugsy Malone.
Andrew has also worked extensively on stage, his credits include: The Perfect Murder (Mill at Sonning); Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper Murders (UK Tour); The Infidel (Stratford East); Double Death (UK Tour); The Devil at Midnight; (UK Tour) Dry Rot (UK tour); Von Ribbontrop’s Watch (Watford Palace); Blame (Theatre Royal York/Sphinx); The Maintenance Man (UK Tour); Confusions (Theatre Royal Windsor); Things We Do For Love (National Tour/ Theatre Royal Windsor); Cider With Rosie (Queens Hornchurch); Are You Sitting Comfortably (Farnham); When Your Bottles Gone in SE1 (Soho Theatre); Groping for Words (Croydon Warehouse); If You Want to Know What Heavens Like (Albany Empire)and Remember Me (Theatre Royal Stratford).
Sean Ward – Jack Langton
Sean is most well-known for playing bad boy Callum Logan on Coronation Street, appearing – and being murdered – in the show’s live episode to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Other acting credits include Our Girl (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Accused (BBC), The Royal (ITV), The Bill (ITV), Island at War (ITV). Film credits include: Away Days (Red Union) and Cheeky (Xingu Films). Directing credits include: A Touch Of The Kissys (short film) and The Marivaux – Birds and The Bees (music video). Producing credits include: Cardboard Boy (short film) and Netsky – The Whistle Song (music video).
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Carrie Marx – Lucy
Carrie is an actress, singer and writer. She trained at ALRA.
In 2016 Carrie took part in two Secret Cinema productions, to great acclaim.
She is the founder and performer in the comic three part harmony group THE SEGUE SISTERS, who have worked extensively on the comedy and cabaret circuit, as well as television and radio. She wrote the Segue Sisters musical (’Jailbirds’) in 2010, which enjoyed success at the Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently toured.
Carrie has also worked extensively with comedy legend Arthur Smith, appearing as a tap dancing bear in ‘Arthur Smith’s Cobbled Up Shambles’ and Rebekah Brooks in ‘Arthur Smith’s Pissed Up Chat Show’. She then spent two years touring ‘Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen Vol2’, which was also recorded for BBC Radio 4.
Other theatre credits include Jurassic Park the Musical, Canal Cafe Theatre; The Boy Who Was Woody Allan, Pleasance Islington; Dracula, Leicester Square Theatre; Death Ship 666!, Edinburgh Fringe, Jermyn Street and Leicester Square Theatre; Newsrevue, Canal Cafe Theatre
Dan Clarkson – Director
Best known for being one half of the double act Dan and Jeff, creators of Potted Pirates, Potted Sherlock, the Olivier-nominated Potted Panto and the Olivier-nominated Potted Potter. Dan has presented on CBBC and other TV credits include Where The Heart Is (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV), Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4).
Theatre credits include: Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Little Shop of Horrors and Art.
Tim Arthur – Writer
Tim Arthur started at Time Out Magazine as UK Content Director before spending three years as Editor-in-Chief and 2 as Global CEO, leaving the company in 2015. He presents a radio show for BBC Radio London and runs Successful Human Being, a media company which aims to work with inspiring people to help them to inspire people to make positive changes in their lives.
Tim’s work as a playwright includes the original Darktales, Bold Nelson’s Praise, Silver Ghosts and Spitfires, Sunny Side of the Street and This Year Will Be Different.