Alasdair Craig (War Horse, National Theatre; Not About Heroes, tour/Trafalgar Studios; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, UK/World Tour); Katy Brittain (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre; The Deep Blue Sea, National Theatre; Handbagged, UK Tour/Vaudeville Theatre); Fiona Skinner (Taboo, BBC One; Our Girl, BBC One; A Royal Night Out, Feature Film); Annabel Smith (The Last Ones, Jermyn Street Theatre; The Lighthouse, The Space Theatre; Black Sheep, Soho Theatre); Tamlyn Henderson (The Wind In The Willows, Kew Gardens; Ladies in Black, Queensland Theatre; Les Misérables, Austalian/International Tours) and Paul Adeyefa (Ransom, CBS; DCI Banks, Leftbank Pictures; Henry VI, Union Theatre) will bring Angela Betzien’s intricately layered psychological thriller to life. This exciting run at Theatre503 is the UK premiere of this award-winning play.
The Dark Room takes a sober look at one of the devastating issues of contemporary Australian discourse – the abuse of defenceless children. The show serves as a timely reminder that no matter how far apart we are in distance and time, we are all responsible for each other’s lives.
Deep into the night, in a run-down motel somewhere in central Australia, six lost souls collide in a distant tragedy of lovesickness and social breakdown – only it’s not the same night. A teenage boy from a nearby country town longs for a stranger. Pregnant Emma longs for her husband, a country cop, drunk after his best friend’s wedding. Anni, a government youth worker accompanied by a withdrawn and violent fourteen-year-old girl, longs for the dawn. As the night draws on, each of them become trapped in a dark and dangerous territory, all searching
for a way out.
Director Audrey Sheffield comments, “The Dark Room is a real gift of a play – it immerses us in a richly atmospheric, disturbing and far-away world, which is also instantly recognisable and frighteningly familiar. It’s a joy to have this rare combination of complex characters – beautifully and warmly drawn – whose compelling stories are so ambitiously and intricately played out.
Angela’s play is brilliantly suited to the intimate immediacy of Theatre503, and it’s a privilege to be working with such an exceptional and exciting company of actors. I can’t wait to get into the room with everyone, and to start bringing this extraordinary play to life.”
The Dark Room
Performance Dates Wednesday 8th November – Saturday 2nd December 2017
Running Time 90 minutes
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Writer Angela Betzien
Director Audrey Sheffield
Producer Paperbark Theatre
Designer Jemima Robinson
Lighting Designer Will Monks
Sound Designer Jon McLeod
Movement Director Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster
Anni Katy Brittain
Grace Annabel Smith
Stephen Tamlyn Henderson
Emma Fiona Skinner
Craig Alasdair Craig
Joseph Paul Adeyefa
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London
SW11 3BW, https://theatre503.com/