An interrogation of power structures and social identity during times of crisis.

In The Dark is a hyperreal portrait of contemporary Australia. Influenced by the paranoid tone of the Australian New Wave film genre, we interrogate our difficult (yet necessary) relationship to power structures and the changing function and experience of social identity during a crisis. The allegorical themes of these historical films are deeply relevant to today. Building on our award-winning collaboration Woman in Car (with The Hunt ), this bold new work promises to be as hilarious as it is cathartic.

“Mackey’s script is brilliant, deeply engaging, formally surprising and richly considered – it explores two ‘broken’ women in a uniquely theatrical, detailed way – well worth delving deeper into.”  – John Kachoyan, Australian Plays (on Love/Chamberlain, 2019)

“It is all truly absurd and intoxicatingly uninhibited — a simultaneous exorcism and act of possession in which the site dictates the nature of the performance, while the performance alleviates the site of any sensible narrative or function.” – Elyssia Bugg, Real Time: Australian and international exploratory performance and media arts (Polyphonic Social: sacred & other resonances, 2017)

Content Warning: haze, explicit language, drug references, sudden loud sounds.

Devised and Performed by Bridget Mackey and Sophie Perillo

Image by Darren Gill

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.