A Return to Normalcy

2020 AD has undoubtedly been a tough year, and we all could do with a little escapism.

Having faced down the threat of a pandemic - it's time to to get back out there and enjoy some good old fashioned entertainment.

This is where Dark Stories comes in. Aside from running regular Crime Tours, we like to dabble in the occasional theatre production.

To help return life to something akin to normal, we've dusted off one of our favourite shows. Yes, we're dipping our toes in the water, and we're going to run a series of one night only shows in those towns in which our crime tours operate:- Maitland, Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle.

So without further ado; to help you take your mind off the troubles of the world, we invite you to join us and learn How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.

For one night only in Sydney, Newcastle and Maitland in October; let us find out how much you have learnt during the pandemic and up your game to the next level of expertise. After all, a plague is one thing, but what if the next pandemic comes with zombies. You need to know what to do.

To facilitate your survival, the first thing you must do is book into this show. With social distance seating, many litres of hand sanitiser, and several bottles of Vitamin C tablets, you will be well-stocked to get through the night unscathed.

Register your interest to attend on the Dark Stories website, with no upfront payment required right now. Just add your name to the waiting list. Once we are sure enough of you want to survive the zombie apocalypse, we'll touch base with you to finalise your order.

This could be your last chance to learn these essential survival skills.

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Confessions of a Serial Killer – Episode 3

After a busy Christmas/New Year season, the team here is now hard at work laying the groundwork for our third Darkly Themed Theatre Show, set in the Confessions of a Serial Killer universe.

Audience reactions to our first two shows were nothing short of spectacular. Every night something new and unexpected always occurred, leaving audience and actors alike buzzed with adrenaline.

For those unfamiliar with our brand of Interactive Theatre Shows, here is a brief synopsis of the first two episodes.

Confessions of a Serial Killer - Episode One

Confessions of a Serial Killer
Deep in the heart of the bush, a serial killer offers to confess his crimes; but only in front of witnesses. Is it genuine or a dark and twisted game of cat and mouse?

Female of the Species - Episode Two

Female of the Species
A priest, a murder, suspects, and a crime scene set in an insane asylum and a young woman wrongly accused of murder? Can you solve the mystery? Or will time run out...on you?

The unique aspect of Dark Stories Theatre Shows is that audiences are part of the narrative of the story. Audience interaction, under actor guidance, is needed to move the story along, with audience choices impacting events within the story, and the outcome.

With episode three on the drawing board, I can reveal that the entire series is now mapped out, with just the finalization of scripts to complete, and a small matter of sourcing the appropriate venues.

Opening Night

This series is limited to a single figure number of episodes, although I'll keep you in the dark about the precise amount at this stage. And no need to worry if you've missed an episode - we always make sure that each episode works as a standalone story. Although the more shows you've seen, the deeper you're understanding and enjoyment of the overall arc and underlying themes are going to be.

Inmate

But a question for the reader if I may? This production will go live in June-July, depending on your location. Would you have an interest in pre-purchasing tickets at a heavily discounted rate?

Full price tickets to these shows are $45, so I would think a super early discount price should be something reasonably substantial, say a 50% discount ($22.50). We may even include a special preview night just for early bird ticket purchases as an added perk.

We're happy to make such tickets transferrable or refundable should circumstances arise that stop you from being able to see the show too.

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments section or via the contact us page. If there is sufficient interest, then we'll proceed with creating an advance ticket sales page.

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Life and Crimes of Newcastle’s Convict History

The lovely Sara, Newcastle and Maitland Tour Host, has put together a little quiz to test your knowledge of Newcastle's history. Try it out and see how you fare, and maybe discover something about your town that didn't already know.  Time to test that Novocastrian historical knowledge of yours.  And don't be shy about trying all of our quizzes from around the country.

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A Gangster Game That Will Send You Running for Cover

This online game is just pure entertainment that will only take you 5 minutes to master the controls.  With only 2 control buttons jumping and shooting you'll be destroying your opponent using a range of weaponry in no time.

Once you get it, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and addictive game, especially in two-player mode.   Enjoy!

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