Entity Theatre presents THE DARK at Amerikahaus München 28-31 October 2021

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Be prepared to face your biggest fears! WNTT Radio Theatre presents some of the scariest, creepiest, most shocking short stories from the deepest catacombs of radio plays adapted to the stage. Performed live from 28 to 31 October 2021, 7.30pm, at Amerikahaus München.

Get your ticket for THE DARK now!

https://thedark-halloween.eventbrite.com

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It's almost that time of year again – the time when little kids disguise themselves as witches, ghosts and goblins. They become extortionists, ringing your doorbell and demanding treats if you want to avoid having tricks being played on you. Where did the idea come from and why do we celebrate it on 31 October. It's a fascinating story and this is the first part of it, beginning with ancient Celtic times.

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The Western Roman Empire was a hostile environment for the early Christian Church until the conversion of Constantine and the Edict of Milan. With that guarantee of religious tolerance, however, the Church expanded rapidly throughout Europe and into what is now the UK and Ireland and encountered once more the Celtic celebrations of the dead. The way in which the Church adapted their customs and festivals to Christian celebrations makes up the next fascinating chapter in the story of Halloween. Read part 2. Read prior parts.

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In 1609 Guy Fawkes led a conspiracy to blow up England's parliament building and to remove the protestant King James I from power. The so-called Gunpowder Plot was foiled and, when Fawkes was executed in 1606, an annual celebration was launched. Communal bonfires (so-called "bone fires") were lit to burn effigies and the symbolic "bones" of the pope. The celebration became known as Gunpowder Treason Day and it became a focus for anti-Catholic sentiment that continued for almost 200 years. Read part 3. Read prior parts.

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Oh come on.  He was not the leader, he was the one that got caught.  Even I was taught that in English primary school.  Sorry I am spoiling the fun. Your blurb over Halloween was similarly creaky too.  Roll on Christmas when I can really do the "humbug" stuff.

 

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Although there were some Halloween festivities in colonial America, such as telling ghost stories and various kinds of mischief-making, it was not celebrated in many parts of the country. This changed in 1847-1852 when the great Irish Potato Famine led to the starvation deaths of over one million of the Irish and the emigration of several million more to the US. The Irish brought their Halloween traditions with them and Halloween trick-or-treating became immensely popular. Read part 4. Read prior parts.

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Halloween became the time in the United States when neighbors would organize parties, bake creative treats and the guests were expected to show up in the Halloween costume of their choice. The result was that the manufacturing of ready-made costumes became a major industry worth billions of dollars each year. Costumes for children continued to be available as ghosts, goblins and other scary things, but there was a move toward others that reflected things that children enjoyed, such as characters from popular TV shows (such as Gilligan’s Island and Star Trek), comics (Batman, Spiderman) and movies (Mickey and Minnie Mouse). Read part 5. Read prior parts.

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Many of us were afraid of the dark when we were children because we had no way of knowing what the darkness was concealing from us. Even as adults, when something unknown is hidden in the shadows, we get scared. And now it’s time: Come and enjoy getting scared at Entity’s performance of THE DARK at Amerikahaus München, 28–31 October 2021, 19:30. Don’t forget to bring your friends – it’s more fun that way.

Read part 6. Read prior parts.

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