Victorian Cut-out Theatre Episode 14: A Feast of Sins

"Allo, allo, allo"

Sin-eating is a real thing, or it used to be. The description and purpose of sin-eating is just as I've portrayed it in this episode almost to the letter. Records show that the practice was still occurring as late as the early 20th century. I was born in the second half of the 20th century, which means that my grandparents were alive at the same time as the last sin-eater. Weird.

I'm particularly proud of this episode because it gets back to the crux of the first episode of Victorian Cut-out Theatre, which is to say people…talking. No fancy robots, no huge set pieces, just two people talking about something silly and a little uncomfortable. I like that. Simple. Just characters and jokes, which is pretty much all three minute on youtube is good for.

Keen-eyed viewers will notice the credits for the two lead actors as an homage to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, two British comedians popular in the 1960s, although they both had flourishing careers as late as the 1980s. The reason for this name attribution was because I think that of all my work regarding VCoT, this one is the most like British humor, or "humour" if you like.

Cinevore often markets Victorian Cut-out Theatre by invoking the names of Monty Python and Terry Gilliam as a shorthand for explaining the show. This is completely understandable, but this is definitely the episode where I think, as the show's creator, I have invoked the most "Pythonesque" verbal routine and setup to date.

Take care,

-Rob