Confessions of a Dark Room
Conceived and directed by PAUL DAVIES
Designed by BOURDON BRINDILLE
Movement Director CATHERINE BENNETT
Cast: PEAR CHIRAVARA / CHRISTOPHER ELSON / THOMAS LEONARD
29 NOVEMBER – 16 DECEMBER 2023
In the darkness, you can see everything…
Volcano’s new show marks the onset of winter and embraces the encroaching darkness.
We are moving from the bright long days of Summer to the darkening nights of Autumn and the long Winter months ahead. How might we relate to life’s dark days when we seem so obsessed with neon, with light and seeing everything that there is to see? It is as if we have only one sense. Little wonder that we are filled with anger, anxiety, and avarice.
Meet a small company of actors who are accused of numerous failings – tax fraud, dilettantism, and lewdness to name but a few. These actors perform their texts with all the skill and attention to detail that we expect of great talent. In the fading light, they invent a noirish tale of excess. They pay homage to Yukio Mishima and Ingmar Bergman. It will be a beautiful, funny mess, and in the shadows of a dark still night we will dream of other lands.
CONFESSIONS OF A DARK ROOM continues the partnership between director Paul Davies and designer Bourdon Brindille, who together created Sincere as Objects and The Dread Zone. It draws on the films of Ingmar Bergman, and on books by Junichiro Tanizaki, Yukio Mishima and E.T.A. Hoffman.