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Tim Arthur's 'chilling' 'gothic' pyschological thriller wowed Edinburgh audiences at its 21st anniversary production.

Directed by Dan Clarkson, the production starred two of Coronation Street's 'bad boys': Andrew Paul and Sean Ward as the duelling writers with dark secrets. Carrie Marx starred as the mysterious Lucy - the link between these two sinister men.

Featuring original music by Simon Slater and the single O Death by Neon Gods.

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The Story

This chilling, psychological thriller explores the myths and the stories that scare us at night, and two men who write them: Alex Crowley, who lectures about creative writing in the horror genre, and Jack Langton, a past student.

Their conversation becomes a sinister exchange, a dark rivalry – but the men are linked by more than their writing… who is the mysterious Lucy?

Alex and Jack onfront each other by demonstrating the power of each of their writing styles, revealing a dark shared secret, leading to a shocking conclusion.


TIM ARTHUR’s revised version of the script that spooked Fringe audiences 21 years ago, updates the story for new audiences, but its haunting tales remain as chilling and as unsettling as before. Drawing inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft you may think you know where Darktales is going, but it has plenty of surprises and twists up its sleeve.


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ANDREW PAUL (Alex Crowley)

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. 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 Heaven's Like (Albany Empire) and Remember Me (Theatre Royal Stratford). 

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SEAN WARD (Jack Langton)

Sean’s Television credits include: Our Girl (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV), 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 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 Allen (Pleasance Islington), Dracula (Leicester Square Theatre), Death Ship 666! (Edinburgh Fringe, Jermyn Street, Leicester Square Theatre), Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre).

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ANNIE GOSNEY - Costume Designer

MIKE ROBERTSON - Lighting Designer

SIMON SLATER - Composer / Sound Design

DSM - Charlotte Padgham


PRESS - Corner Shop PR

Best Actor in a Play - ANDREW PAUL | Best Actress in a Play - CARRIE MARX
Best Supporting Performance - SEAN WARD | Best Director - DAN CLARKSON

★★★★ 'Immediately evokes a chilling atmosphere… genuinely unnerving and creepy… delivers the thrills and chills that make for a good night of horror.' The List 

★★★★ 'A gripping yarn, soaked in gothic richness and urban legend… the lighting designed by Mike Robertson, in tandem with Simon Slater’s sound design, elevates Darktales into a whole new creative level… a gloriously macabre piece.' TV Bomb

★★★★ 'If horror is your thing, this is a must-watch… an accomplished piece of storytelling, which seamlessly weaves together stories while skilfully managing to subvert and play with its audience’s expectations until the very end.' BroadwayBaby

'Enjoyably Gothic thriller. Andrew Paul is excellent as Alex, walking the line between amiable and ominous in an enjoyably gothic entertainment.' Fest

'An entertaining piece that will keep its audiences guessing right up until the end… genuinely shocking and provides the unexpected twist.' Edinburgh Guide

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