Theatre503 has announced casting for its upcoming UK premiere production of The Dark Room which will be presented from 8 November to 2 December 2017.
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 Anni, a government youth worker accompanied by a withdrawn and violent fourteen-year-old girl, longs for the dawn.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.
The cast for The Dark Room includes 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.
The Dark Room is directed by Audrey Sheffield, designed by Jemima Robinson, lighting by Will Monks, sound by Jon McLeod and movement direction by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster and produced by Paperbark Theatre.