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Ustinov Studio

The Dark

Written by Nick Makoha
  • 18 & 19 January

Event Information

8pm, the egg
Tickets: £15/£12 discounts
Post show discussion: Friday
Please note that this performance takes place in the egg

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.

Multi award-winning writer Nick Makoha was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.

“Roy Alexander Weise directs with a skill that belies the fact that this is his National Theatre debut. This play is a gift, and you’d do well to go and receive it” The Stage on Nine Night

8pm the egg
Tickets: £15/£12 discounts

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

Presented by Fuel

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.

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here