Arundel Festival review - The Gloaming
The Gloaming by Nathaniel Tapley at Arundel Jailhouse.
IF YOU like your comedy as dark and bitter as the purest black chocolate then In The Gloaming will be just to your taste.
For there are no taboos in this Gothic-horror style hour of comedy at the Arundel Jailhouse - and TV's Tales of the Unexpected seem tame in comparison.
The one-man show at the Arundel Festival, written and performed by the genius that is Nathaniel Tapley, is rich with black humour - but so strong that many maiden aunts, and even some who are a little worldly wise, might find themselves shocked into an early grave.
It's not for the faint-hearted.
Death is a recurring theme as Mr Tapley relives some of his finest monthly podcasts which have won a cult following on the internet and beyond.
But religion, politics, murder, and perversion of all types have the spotlight shone upon them as Mr Tapley recalls ghosts of the past to narrate their shocking tales.
Mr Tapley is an extraordinarily skilled actor and polished writer with a gimlet wit - but unlike many comedians there is nothing reassuringly safe about his material.
Michael McIntyre he is not.
This production is one of three at the Arundel Jailhouse as part of this year's Festival and extraordinary credit must go to new owner Collin Baxter for such a courageous departure for a venue that is best known for its tours of the historic cells underneath the town hall.
Mr Baxter has established a vibrant new fringe arena for the town in the very best traditions of Arundel.
The Jailhouse is playing host to:
'Visiting Mr Green' by Jeff Baron, until August 29 at 8.30 pm.
'In the Gloaming' by Nathaniel Tapley, on August 27 at 7pm.
'Angels in the dark' by Sue Casanove, August 25, 26, 28 and 29 at 7pm.
To book tickets please call 01903 889821 or email
Fifty per cent discount for any Nathaniel Tapley Comedy Course for anyone who buys a ticket to In The Gloaming at Arundel Jailhouse: More information at: www.nathanieltapley.com/courses.
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