Sometimes the smallest theatre shows can be the most memorable. This is no exception.
Be prepared to be moved by this imaginative and heartfelt adventure from the creators of the multi-award winning production, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer.
Using puppetry, mask, digital animation and live performance, creators Arielle Gray, Chris Issacs and Tim Watts deliver a poetic performance piece about redemption and dementia. Feel yourself being drawn into a surreal world, guided by award winning composer Racheal Dease’s musical score. So creative, beguiling and touching is this production that it is not until after you leave the theatre that you realise all this has been achieved without ever a word of dialogue being spoken.
It’s Dark Outside tells us the story of an old man who impulsively wanders into the wild. As the sun sets, he is swept up in a Wild West adventure, on the run from a mysterious tracker hell-bent on hunting him down. The world around him crumbles, revealing that he cannot hide from everything. He is losing the world he knew to a misbehaving mind.
This is a gentle and poignant gem. Adult in its themes, but so magical in its delivery, it brings out the wide-eyed child in its audience. Sixty minutes of pure artistry not to be missed.
WINNER *** ArtsHub Critic’s Choice Award ***
HELPMANN AWARD NOMINEE 2013
PLEASE NOTE: A Q&A SESSION WITH THE CAST AND CREATORS OF IT’S DARK OUTSIDE WILL FOLLOW THE PERFORMANCE ON 26 MAY
CREATOR: Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Tim Watts
COMPOSER: Rachael Dease
PRODUCER: Perth Theatre Company
STARRING: Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Tim Watts
Dates & Times:
Monday 26 May 7:30pm – PLUS Q&A SESSION
Tuesday 27 May 7:30pm
Wednesday 28 May 7:30pm
Thursday 29 May 1:00pm
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
“A rare triumph of theatrical ingenuity and human compassion”
– THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
“Beautiful and captivating to watch… 5 stars out of 5.”
– ARTS HUB
“Memory loss has rarely had such a novel treatment, approached with poetic insight and lightness of touch that makes it moving and uplifting to watch.”
– THE AUSTRALIAN
“Watts is one of Australia’s rising talents… a show that seems destined to travel far.”
– THE AUSTRALIAN
“A gently unfolding gem that will appeal to anyone curious to know what a new theatrical generation can do.”
“In expert hands, even memory loss can be a topic for satisfying drama…”
– 702 ABC Perth
Read the full review here
Tim Watts, Arielle Gray and Chris Issaks share their story
– We Love Perth
Read the full interview here
“To explore a delicate subject in such a poignant, profound and respectful way truly makes a work of art. Tim Watts, Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs, creators and performers of the inventive and moving It’s Dark Outside, have done an incredible job of producing a show that is tenderly whimsical and undeniably beautiful.”
Read to full review here