2015 – Stories in the Dark
Our final production for 2015 was a beautiful and timely story, by Australian playwright Debra Oswald. The story was originally inspired by the civil war in former Yugoslavia, but the present conflict sadly highlights how timeless it is.
A terrified 12-year-old boy finds himself separated from his family in the unfamiliar streets of a war torn city. He takes refuge in a bombed-out house and in the total blackness his bravado crumbles into tears.
Into his life steps Anna – older, street smart and scornful of his crying. As a way of shutting the boy up, she starts to tell him a story that she vaguely remembers from her own childhood. And so begins a journey into the shifting, shimmering world of ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers.
Stories in the Dark explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with the hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive.
Deb Watson & Jason Sharland
Tomas – Oliver Cameron
Anna – Courtney Cavallaro
Ensemble – Jason Sharland, Simon Corvan, Rhiannon Said, Courtney Fegan, Leisa Bye, Nikhil Singh, Miranda Nelson, Paul Whelan, Luke Johnstone, Dee Heath
16, 17, 22, 23, 24 October