Theatre Works, Richard Murphet and Victorian Theatre Company present

THE DARKENING SKY

by Richard Murphet

16 - 26 MARCH 2022

VENUE

Theatre Works

A contemporary neo-noir thriller spanning seven decades and set in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, THE DARKENING SKY is the latest premiere work from renowned playwright Richard Murphet. Bringing together some of our finest local artists and arts makers, THE DARKENING SKY interweaves lives from the past and present in a desperate bid to solve the unexplained disappearance of two women.

In the warm and familiar surrounds of his local café/bar Jamie has managed to build a life of peace and solitude for decades. Now thrust unwillingly into reconstructing troubled memories, his belief in the calm surface his childhood crumbles – surrounded by elements from a past he didn’t even know existed. At the same time a detective is handed a Cold Case involving the disappearance of a young woman in the 1980s. Chasing answers to this mystery unearths a web of political intrigue, violence, and sacrifice.

Examining a hidden history of Melbourne and featuring well known locations around St. Kilda and other inner suburbs, THE DARKENING SKY is an electrifying and all engrossing new Australian work. 90 minutes of non-stop action, not to be missed.

DURATION

90 MINUTES

WARNINGS

12+ sexual references and haze machine

DATES & TIMES

Wednesday 16 March, 7:30pm Preview Night
Thursday 17 March, 7:30pm Opening Night
Friday 18 March, 7:30pm
Saturday 19 March, 7:30pm
Tuesday 22 March, 7:30pm
Wednesday 23 March, 7:30pm
Thursday 24 March, 7:30pm
Friday 25 March, 7:30pm
Saturday 26 March, 7:30pm

Written and Directed by
RICHARD MURPHET
Set and Costume Design
ELOISE KENT
Lighting Design
KRIS CHAINEY
Composer, Sound Design, Instrumentalist
ADRIAN MONTANA
Film Designer and Cinematographer
JAK SCANLON
Performed by
MATT CONNELL, TOM DENT, EDWINA WREN, ANTHEA DAVIS, BRIAN LIPSON, REBEKAH HILL, ADAM PIERZCHALSKI AND MARK TREGONNING
Stage Manager
RAIN SHADRACH
Produced by
LAUREN BENNETT AND SAMARA BARR
Publicity
ELEANOR HOWLETT (SASSY RED PR)
Photo by
CHELSEA NEATE

"Richard Murphet is a theatre artist whose work pushes the edge of the theatrical frame. The metaphor of the edge allows for an emphasis on Murphet’s experimentation with theatrical form and his crossing of the borders of theatre, performance, poetry, music, dance and media. His texts feature subjects on the edge of life, death, love, comedy, sanity and paranoia. His characters bear wounds that are physical, emotional and psychic and are connected to postmodern life, wars in Vietnam, terror, battles in the kitchen and motel rooms, and to music and to cinema. His recurring use of blackouts, gunshots, flickering light and bomb blasts push at the edge of aesthetics with alternating grunge energy and sophisticated style." DENISE VARNEY, RADICAL VISIONS

"The Inhabited Woman represents a floating world, a disconnected place in which both audience and on-stage figures drift into dreamy, atemporal states, before one suddenly catches one’s breath and lightly steps forward into the next, deliberately artificial, theatrical realm. Like tide lapping at a shore, the production beckons and captures the audience before releasing its grip to leave us resting again on the soft surface of a dramaturgical shoreline." REAL TIME ON "THE INHABITED WOMAN"