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The Orphans

The Orphans is a cinematic sci-fi audio drama about survival in a harsh universe: castaways on a hostile world, A.I.s with unprecedented emotions, strangers who share faces, love and loss in a far-flung future. Each season explores a new vantage point in an ever-expanding and inter-connected galaxy!

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Facility :: Arrival

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD In this prequel spin-off of The Orphans, we go deeper into the history of the mysterious facility. The series follows Baz Guilroy at his first major posting: installing a new reasoning unit in a remote cloning facility. With only the A.I.s GeoFFRy and Stella for company, Baz must struggle to keep his wits about him and complete his mission - a simple assignment, until things turns sinister.  Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Vass Michael Hudson as Gregory Jodie Stedman as Stella Gavin Richards as Richard Riley Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Violence Systemic Oppression Bullying Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25mins

5 Jul 2017

Rank #1

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Exposé :: Nora Vass

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** When Cordelia and Rachel receive an unexpected message they must rush to the Core World to interview the clone at the centre of their scandal, Nora Vass. This episode starred Beth Eyre and Beth Crane with a special guest appearance by Aimee Kember, David Magadan, Declan Galpin and Brooke Parratt. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners To Support The Orphans go to: www.Patreon.com/LightandTragic or www.OrphansPod.com Transcripts available here: https://www.orphanspod.com/transcripts Get ORPHANS MERCH! Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm  Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Music by: James Barbarossa  Content Warning: -Mild Implied Threat -Fire & Burning -Emergency Services -Panic & Shock Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12mins

26 May 2020

Rank #2

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Facility :: Error

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD In this prequel spin-off of The Orphans, we go deeper into the history of the mysterious facility. The cloning process is well under way, and in the isolation of his solitary posting, Baz turns to the GeoFFRy unit for friendship. After coming face-to-face with the cold-heartedness of the A.I., Baz wonders if perhaps, with a little tweaking, he can make this new GeoFFRy model more sympathetic to human emotions.  Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Vass Jodie Stedman as Stella Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Isolation Death Intense depiction of medical emergency Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

16 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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Investigation :: The Apology

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD Journeys deeper into the universe than ever before. Space is divided between The Collective, a totalitarian interstellar government that manufactures a workforce of clone slaves, The Alliance, a resistance of clones fighting for freedom, and Wild Space - a neutral zone caught in between the opposing forces. Richard Hart, a clone and private investigator, works the turbulent alleyways of Wild Space one job at a time. His job is already dangerous, but takes a turn for the worse when he's tasked to find the former leader of The Alliance: Nora Evers. To help him on the hunt, he's got to make nice with Alliance General, Diana Strange, and dig into old wounds that haven't yet healed. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as Richard Hart Brooke Parrot as Diana Strange & Diana Blonde  Emily Rowan as Delilah Mallick  Fiona Thraille as Sandy  Felix Trench as Charles Eros  Matt Penson as Xavier Blake Aimee Kember as Nora Evers Sarah Golding as Minister Orsham  Ruby Parker-Harbord as Valerie Steele  Tanja Milojevic as Mrs. Phillips  Michael Hudson as Gregory  Karim Kronfli as Freighter Additional Voices by: Alex Bird Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Violence Oppression Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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Crash :: The Crash

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD A tale of survival on an unknown world. The Orphans is a cinematic audio drama chronicling the castaways of downed starship, The Venture - Stranded on a hostile planet, struggling to remember how they arrived and who they are.  Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Aimee Kember as Nora  James Barbarossa as Geoffrey  Alex Bird as Baz  Gavin Richards as Richard Declan Galpin as William  Ruby Parker-Harbord as Valerie  L C Girling as Olivia Content Warnings: Violent death/ threat Swearing Vomit Zombies Vicious animals Plane crash Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27mins

23 May 2016

Rank #5

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Facility :: Emotions

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD GeoFFRy continues to discover what having emotions truly means under the tutelage of Baz, who realizes that his quest for computer companionship may have unlocked more than he bargained for. A life or death crisis at the facility brings these musings to a head. Meanwhile, higher up the chain of command, the insubordination of clones is under much scrutiny.  Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Vass Elizabeth Benbow as Kathryn Jodie Stedman as Stella Matt Penson as Xavier Michaels Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Intense depiction of medical emergency Isolation Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

30 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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Tales from Collective Space :: Live at PodUK

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | MERCH! | DISCORD A live special recorded at PodUK 2019! These three short tales expand our series universe, exploring the wider world and the clones within it. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Directed by: Zachary Fortais-Gomm Dark Side of the Moon Written by: Ella Watts Giving it Everything Written by: James Barbarossa Ascension Written by: Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as The Richards Felix Trench as The Charles Matt Penson as The Xaviers Aimee Kember as The Noras Sarah Golding as Minister Orsham  LC Girling as The Olivias James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Discussions of opression Discussion of violence Mild and Major Implied Threat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

7 May 2019

Rank #7

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Investigation :: Addition

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD Diana and Richard visit a mysterious outpost on the far side of the planet on the hunt to find the elusive Nora Evers. Tensions are ever-mounting between the two investigators, and so are the stakes, as the nearby Collective Officers realize that the clone who payed them a visit may not have been all he appeared to be... Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as Richard Hart Brooke Parrot as Diana Strange Jack Gouldbourne as Axel Declan Galpin as William  Aimee Kember as Nora Evers & Nora Taylor Alex Bird as Baz Harrold & Baz Hopps Elizabeth Benbow as Kathryn Foster  Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Violence Oppression Extreme interpersonal strain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Facility :: Kathryn

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD Kathryn has many questions about how life works, and what it means to be a clone. As the only other flesh and blood being in the facility, it's up to Baz to show her what living is all about and what comforts closeness can bring. Meanwhile Baz and GeoFFRy come to blows when they receive troubling news from Command. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Vass Elizabeth Benbow as Kathryn Jodie Stedman as Stella Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Intense Interpersonal Strain Isolation Discussion of opression Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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Investigation :: Discoveries

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD After escaping a Collective warship, Diana, Axel, and Richard must search through all the information they've collected to try and understand where their quarry went after visiting the Coracas System. As the pieces come together, Diana and Nora Evers' connection crystallizes. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as Richard Hart Brooke Parrot as Diana Strange Jack Gouldbourne as Axel Aimee Kember as Nora Evers James Carney as Victor Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Violence Oppression Extreme interpersonal strain Zombies Horror Imagery Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

30 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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Investigation :: Escapes

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD Trapped inside of a private hauling station, Richard an Diana have to get their answers and escape. All the while, forces around them work to end this investigation, even when the truth is so close in reach. Warning: This episode contains graphic depictions of violence, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Listen as this story comes to a close and the future of The Orphans unfolds! Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as Richard Hart Brooke Parrot as Diana Strange Jack Gouldbourne as Axel Beth Eyre as Cordelia James Carney as Victor Aimee Kember as Nora  James Barbarossa as Geoffrey  Declan Galpin as William  L C Girling as Olivia Content Warnings: Violent death/ threat Oppression Zombies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Facility :: Evers

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD Drama unfolds in the facility as Kathryn uncovers the truth and struggles to forgive Baz and GeoFFRy for the life they've thrust her into. In the meantime, a mysterious signal from a Nora unit warns Baz that their upcoming inspection may be even more sinister than they previously thought... Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by: Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Evers Elizabeth Benbow as Kathryn Jodie Stedman as Stella Matt Penson as Xavier Michaels Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Intense Interpersonal Strain Isolation Discussion of Oppression Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #12

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Incident Report: 890372

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD There's a universe of stories in world of The Orphans. This is one of them. An unexpected breach of security has left The Collective reeling, and Private Cordelia Young must discover the truth behind it all. Warning: This episode contains graphic depictions of violence, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring:  Beth Eyre as Cordelia Young & Cordelia Cunningham Aimee Kember as Nora Black  Declan Galpin as William Tell Felix Trench as Charles Sans Gavin Richards as Richard Crown Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Music by: James Barbarossa  Content Warning: Discussion of Oppression Mild and Major Implied Threat and Violence Explosions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Facility :: Mess

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD A week has passed since the mysterious Nora Evers offered to help Baz and Kathryn to evade the detection of their inspector. No communication has been received since. Tensions are high, and Baz and GeoFFRy's growing resentment for each other finally reaches a breaking point. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Vass & Nora Evers Elizabeth Benbow as Kathryn Jodie Stedman as Stella Ruby Parker-Harbord as Valerie  Matt Penson as Xavier Michaels Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Intense Graphic Violence Isolation Strangulation Intense Interpersonal Strain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

19mins

11 Sep 2017

Rank #14

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Facility :: Inspection

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH |DISCORD The once warm friendship between Baz and GeoFFRy has broken down and as the dust settles from the recent violence, the rogue AI attempts to recruit the human to deceive the incoming inspector. Their survival depends on what comes next. Can Baz stall long enough to make his getaway or will he lose his life when GeoFFRy’s horrible acts are discovered?  Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Evers Jodie Stedman as Stella Matt Penson as Xavier Ryan Brooke Parratt as Diana Strange Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Isolation Intense and graphic depiction of physical and emotional violence Intense Interpersonal Strain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #15

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Facility :: Suffering

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH | DISCORD Baz and Diana narrowly survive their crash only to be captured by Xavier Michael - the clone sent to inspect the facility. As the truth finally comes out, and the consequences hit, all parties find themselves fighting to survive in the explosive finale to The Orphans: Facility.  Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Alex Bird as Baz Guilroy James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Aimee Kember as Nora Vass Jodie Stedman as Stella Matt Penson as Xavier Michael Brooke Parratt as Diana Strange Music by: James Barbarossa Content Warning: Intense and graphic depiction of physical and emotional violence Torture Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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Investigation :: Division

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD After following instructions by a mysterious message hidden within a GeoFFRy unit, Richard and Diana find themselves on the Coracas system - one of the poorest in the galaxy and the historic location of the first clone rebellion. As they try to understand what Evers could have been doing in this system, their differences finally catch up with them. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as Richard Hart Brooke Parrot as Diana Strange Emily Rowan as Delilah Mallick  Aimee Kember as Nora Evers & Nora Taylor Felix Trench as Charles Eros  Alex Bird as Baz Harrold & Baz Hopps Elizabeth Benbow as Kathryn Foster  Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Aftermath of violence Oppression Extreme interpersonal strain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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Investigation :: Strings

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD Richard and Diana have found their first clue in their search for former leader of The Alliance, Nora Evers. Now the question is: what does it mean? As they search for answers, the mismatched duo realize just how far apart their lives are and learn that they have to find a way— any way, to bridge that gap. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Gavin Richards as Richard Hart Brooke Parrot as Diana Strange & Diana Blonde  Emily Rowan as Delilah Mallick  Matt Penson as Xavier Ryan LC Girling as Olivia White Declan Galpin as William Ren Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Violence Oppression Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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An Orphans' Yule Carol

*Content Warnings and Mental Health Services at the bottom of the show notes*OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORDA live holiday special recorded at London Podcast Festival Presents Audio Drama!Yule comes to the Facility and everyone's favorite synthetic psychopath, GeoFFRy, is haunted by three spirits.This episode is dedicated to our generous and loving friend, Justin Niezrecki. Rest in Peace.Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partnersWritten & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: James Barbarossa as GeoFFRyBeth Eyre as CordeliaMusic by: James BarbarossaExecutive Producers: Ella Watts & James BarbarossaContent Warnings: Discussion of Recent Real-Life Tragedy (Self Harm, Mental Health, Suicide) Violent Threat Knives Zombies Mental Health Resources:If you need help, please seek it.If you're in the US, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255, they also have Deaf and HOH options on 1-800-799-4889.If you don't feel able to talk, they have an online chat service: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/If you're in the US and LGBTQ+ you can call the Trevor Project on 1-866-488-7386, or text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 from Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm ET.They also have online chat, here: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/If you're a Trans person in the US or Canada, you can contact the Trans Lifeline on 1-877-330-6366If you're in Canada and you need help, you can call Crisis Services Canada on 1-833-456-4566, you can also text them by texting CONNECT or PARLER to 686-868If you're in Canada and under 20 you can contact the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868 or you can chat to them online here: https://kidshelpphone.ca/wp-signup.php?new=orgIf you're in the British Isles, you can call The Samaritans on 116 123. You can text Shout 24/7 on 85258.If you're under 19 you can call Childline on 08001111. If you're under 35 you can call Papyrus on 08000684141 or text them on 07860039967If you're in France and you're a young person you can call Fil sante jeunes on 0800 235 236.Whatever age you are, you can call Suicide Ecoute on 0145394000 - and you prefer email or online chat, you can do so through SOS Amitie, here: https://sos-amitie.comIf you need help and your area is not listed here, please reach out to us via our socials and we will help you find a hotline in your area.If you are in crisis and need help, please seek it. You are not alone. People want to help. People want to listen. Reach out.If you are safe and able, we'd like to ask that you consider donating to The Trevor Project. https://give.thetrevorproject.org/give/63307/#!/donation/checkout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Exposé :: Governor Kateb

** Content Warning at Bottom of Show Notes** OUR NEW SHOW | NO ADS & MORE! | TRANSCRIPT | MERCH! | DISCORD Cordelia and Rachel travel to Contrark to speak with the system's Governor but when they arrive they learn that their disastrous conversation several days earlier with Minister Vasquez has traveled further than they anticipated. Find our affiliates here: www.fableandfolly.com/partners Written & Directed by Zachary Fortais-Gomm Starring: Beth Eyre as Cordelia Beth Crane as Rachel Bronte David Devereux as Miles Karim Kronfli as Governor Kateb Max Briar as Lex DeLion Brooke Parratt as Diana Warner James Barbarossa as GeoFFRy Music by: James Barbarossa Executive Producers: Ella Watts & James Barbarossa Content Warnings: Mild Implied Threat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8mins

19 May 2020

Rank #20