The Dark Room
Performance Schedule
  • Wed 1st Aug - 8:00pm
  • Thu 2nd Aug - 8:00pm
  • Fri 3rd Aug - 8:00pm
  • Sat 4th Aug - 8:00pm
  • Sat 4th Aug - 2:00pm


Stooged Theatre presents…

THE DARK ROOM by Angela Betzien

1 - 4 August | The Civic Playhouse

Directed by Vanessa Bates | Featuring Mathew Lee as Stephen

"Betzien’s microcosmic short play... 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

Stooged Theatre are very proud to announce our final show of 2018: The Dark Room by Angela Betzien, winner of the 2011 Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work.

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. A teenage boy from a nearby country town waits for a stranger. Pregnant Emma waits for her husband Stephen, a country cop, wasted after his best friend's wedding. Anni, a government youth worker accompanied by a withdrawn and violent fourteen year-old girl, waits for the dawn. As the night draws on, each of them becomes trapped in dark and dangerous territory, each of them searching for a way out. 

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.

Vanessa Bates' work on the page has garnered a NSW Premier's Literary Award, an AWGIE Award and multiple CONDAs, to name a few. We are very proud to announce that Stooged Theatre's The Dark Room will mark Vanessa's directorial debut. She will direct Stooged Artistic Director Mathew Lee (2017 CONDA winner - Lead Actor, Grace) as Stephen.

Full cast announcement and tickets on sale soon.

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