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The Dark

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The Dark is Nick Makoha's poetic retelling of his experience and that of others affected by it - a series of voices echoing from varying states of darkness. A story of those who find themselves exiled, with allegiances split between their birthplace and their new country.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wed 21 Nov – Sat 1 Dec, 7:30pm

Tuesday- Saturday. No shows on Mondays or Sundays. There will be a 1pm performance on Weds 28 November.

Running time: 75 mins

Venue: Downstairs

A new live literature experience by award-winning poet Nick Makoha.

On a November evening in 1978, after eight years of civil war, Nick Makoha and his mother fled their homeland of Uganda. Many people were displaced, thrown into unfamiliar environments and forced to find their new home in the world.

The Dark is Nick’s own poetic retelling of his experience and that of others affected by it - a series of voices echoing from varying states of darkness. What unfolds is a story of those who find themselves exiled, with allegiances split between their birthplace and their new country.

 

Post Show Events

Fri 23 Nov - Post show Q&A with writer Nick Makoha and actors Akiya Henry and Michael Bologun in the Downstairs Theatre. This event is free for all ticket holders attending this performance.

Thu 29 Nov - Stick around after the performance on Thursday 29th November - or come back if you've seen a previous night - to talk to other audience members about the themes and stories of The Dark. This isn't a Q&A but an informal discussion where everyone is invited to share how they felt about the show, and all thoughts and opinions are welcome. Hosted by theatre critic and blogger Maddy Costa.

 

There is a parent-friendly matinee performance of The Dark on Wed 28 Nov to coincide with our second PiPA Coffee Morning. Limited free crèche places available for parents and carers who want to attend the coffee morning and watch the show. Click here for more details.

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A small play, but it is big in scope

Carl Woodward (via Twitter),

Makoha's writing is vivid and rich but it is the slower, more considered exchanges which have a bigger impact.

Rev Stan's Theatre Blog,

The Dark is a richly textured exploration of the fine line between escape and exile.

 

Henry’s pregnant street vendor is a forceful presence, impassioned but jaded by the state of her nation. Balogun nails the loose-limbed, wide-eyed mannerisms of Makoha as a child.

The Stage,

Deftly written and performed, it is a timely reminder of why people seek refuge from oppressive regimes and a testament to the courage and determination needed simply to survive in some parts of the world.

 

With considerable skill and energy – in particular on the part of Akiya Henry – the two actors conjure up a host of characters who play a part in the journey.

 

The script and the performances keep the audience fully engaged as we witness humanity and humour along with suffering, corruption and tragedy in this struggle for a better life.

Brixton Blog,
  • Wed 21 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Thu 22 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Fri 23 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Sat 24 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Tue 27 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Wed 28 Nov, 1:00pm
  • Wed 28 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Thu 29 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Fri 30 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Sat 1 Dec, 7:30pm

Writer Nick Makoha
Director Roy Alexander Weise

Cast
Akiya Henry
Michael Balogun

Designer Rajha Shakiry
Lighting Designer Neill Brinkworth
Sound Designer Duramaney Kamara
Production Stage Manager Tanya Stephenson
Movement Director Jennifer Jackson
Voice Coach Joel Trill
Casting Director Lotte Hines CDG

Additional information

Age recommendation 12+

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