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The Dark

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  • Project: The Dark

Fuel and Ovalhouse present 

The Dark 

Written by Nick Makoha
Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

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  es arpment.  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. 

Running time: approx. 60 mins

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Nick Makoha (writer and performer) is a poet, playwright, performer, activist and mentor. Winner of the 2015 Brunel African Poetry Prize, his theatre projects include My Father and Other Superheroes, a one-person show he wrote and performed in the UK, Europe and the US and The Spalding Suite, a dance theatre show inspired by the UK’s basketball subculture, which mixed poetry, spoken word and storytelling with elements of live music and choreography and toured the UK in 2015. 

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.

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