The Dark

By Angela Betzien Director Leticia Cáceres

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 3 Nov – 11 Dec 2011

    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.


    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


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

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr
    Rehearsal images by Heidrun Lohr

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