15th - 16th February 2019
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Night is not the only darkness.
Nick takes a breath as he tries to remember.
Fragments of a forgotten journey flicker in front of his eyes. It is night, November 1978. He is four years old. He is holding his mother’s hand as they wait on the escarpment. They are leaving Kampala. Buying safe passage and silence with all they have, they travel by matatu and the conductor asks no questions. Their companions are the missing, lost and displaced. Those who have suffered eight long years under the rule of Idi Amin.
The Dark is a story of the journey taken by a four-year old boy and his mother to escape a country divided by dictatorship and consumed by conflict.
Written by Nick Makoha
Directed by Roy Alexander Weise
Co-commissioned by Fuel and Ovalhouse.
Supported by Arts Council England, The Cockayne Trust, The London Community Foundation, The Garrick Charitable Trust, Unity Theatre Trust and Sylvia Waddilove Foundation. Development supported by PULSE Festival, Coombe Farm Studios and as part of Ovalhouse’s FiRST BiTES series.
Image credit: Carolyne Hill of ChillCreate