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Cult serial podcast Welcome to Night Vale: All Hail is returning to Australian shores for its second national tour. Starring Cecil Baldwin as community radio show host, Cecil Palmer, All Hail is a standalone show ensconced within the broader Night Vale universe that explores fan-favourite character, the Glow Cloud.

“The live shows are really made for not only fans of the show who have listened to all of the episodes but the people who are friends and family members of people who may know the podcast,” says Cecil Baldwin. “You get the best of what Night Vale has to offer in our live shows without having to also know the plot.”

With audience participation strongly encouraged, the All Hail performers are constantly kept on their toes presenting this one-of-a-kind style of theatre. For the performers, the visual interpretations of the Night Vale world have been particularly inspiring.

“The live shows are a totally different animal to making a podcast. The world exists in the mind of the listeners so there’s more wiggle room and ambiguity to Night Vale,” says Cecil.

“I think it was Sydney and Melbourne who did not disappoint with their cosplay the last time we did live shows in Australia. The fans came dressed as characters so I’m really holding high standards for this tour!”

Feb 11. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. From $69.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.livenation.com.au

By Emily Shen