The Unseen Hour is a horror comedy audio-drama, recorded in front of a live audience, combining surreal comedy with genuinely unsettling horror and sci-fi concepts. Each episode is a stand alone story. It might take place in an ancient Roman Legion, an abandoned space station, or an unassuming 1970s suburban kitchen - but it is always attended by a sense of looming dread... always surreal and always ridiculous. The same characters recur again and again, caught up in a churning cycle of apocalyptic chaos.
Join us for two brand new tales of the uncanny, the macabre and the ridiculous. Three actors play ten roles and provide live foley sound effects, with each episode featuring a five minute monologue written by a guest writer and performed by a guest actor, as well as a live musical act.
“The Goon Show mixed with every imaginable genre of horror, SF, and other weirdness”
“a fun-packed, fast-paced, energy-fuelled show [...] The Unseen Hour’ is utterly entertaining, full of wonderfully off-beat characters and leaves you with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.” - London Pub Theatres
James, Joey and Brice have been working together since 2011, when they were all lowly immersive theatre bar staff drawn together by a mysterious intangible force, then immersive theatre actors. They were led to collaborate on various projects by a mysterious intangible force, including short films, music videos and theatre. In 2017 (for VAULT Festival), James started writing The Unseen Hour because a mysterious intangible force compelled him to do so. Brice and Joey found themselves cast in all of the roles.
The Unseen Hour has appeared at VAULT twice before, and twice each at The Edinburgh Fringe and London Horror Fest. It was also featured as part of London Podcast Fest. Guests of the show have included brand new writers, and marginalised voices, as well as established figures such as Cecil Baldwin, Camilla Whitehill, and Jimmy Osborne.
Actor: Brice Stratford
Actor: Joey Timmins
Writer/Actor/Producer: James Carney
Audio Producer: Ella Watts
Musician: Jay Chakravorty
Musician: Andrew Hayes
Musician: Nick Fraenkel
Writer: Adal Rifai
Writer: Benjamin Partridge
**** London Pub Theatres
“a fun-packed, fast-paced, energy-fuelled show [...] The Unseen Hour’ is utterly entertaining, full of wonderfully off-beat characters and leaves you with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.”
Unseen Hour leans hard into comedic surrealism [...] a genius comedy of errors and purposefully overdramatic wailing and mad science. I found myself covering my mouth with laughter, so that I wouldn’t have to pause"