Winner of one 2011 Sydney Theatre Award
Best New Australian Work
(Angela Betzien)

A lonely motel somewhere in the Northern Territory. Deep into the night, six lost souls play out a small, distant tragedy of lovesickness and social breakdown – only it’s not the same night.

The Dark Room is Angela Betzien’s beautifully-formed thriller about the startling idea that, no matter how far apart we are in distance and time, we are all responsible for each other’s lives.

Betzien and director Leticia Cáceres are the founders of Queensland company Real TV . Betzien has a natural understanding of the theatre’s unique ability to tell multiple stories simultaneously – stories of complexity and emotional rawness. Cáceres is a far-reaching thinker about what can be achieved on stage by the simplest means possible.

The Dark Room is a timely reflection on the conflict between what we ask of society and what it asks of us.

The Dark Room was commissioned and first produced by Black Swan State Theatre Company in 2009.


Brendan Cowell
Anna Lise Phillips
Billie Rose Prichard
Leah Purcell
Bjorn Stewart
Cameron Stewart


By Angela Betzien
Director Leticia Cáceres
Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Christopher Page
Composer & Sound Designer Pete Goodwin (The Sweats)
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
Production Stage Manager Glenn Dulihanty
Technical Supervisor Jack Audas Preston


All in all, The Dark Room is a wonderful production; beautifully acted and directed, inspiringly well written and perversely entertaining. Not to be missed.

Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise

…Betzien’s microcosmic short play – just 90 minutes long – haunts you afterwards because it looks beyond itself and out to injustices that must be acknowledged even if they can’t be rectified.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

This is a stunningly gripping production: beautifully written by Angela Betzien, directed with great care and skill by Leticia Caceres and performed by a wonderful cast.

John McCallum | The Australian