Fuel and Ovalhouse present
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.