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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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A lonely motel somewhere in the Northern Territory. Deep into the night, six lost souls play out a small, distant tragedy of lovesickness and social breakdown – only it’s not the same night.

The Dark Room is Angela Betzien’s beautifully-formed thriller about the startling idea that, no matter how far apart we are in distance and time, we are all responsible for each other’s lives.

The Dark Room is a timely reflection on the conflict between what we ask of society and what it asks of us.

Source: Playlab Publications

Notes

  • Dedication: For Charmaine

Production Details

  • First performed at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) on 1 March 2009. Director: Adam Mitchell
  • Produced by The Hotbed Ensemble at the Black Swan Theatre, Perth, 1-17 May 2009. Director: Adam Mitchell.
  • Performed at Belvoir Street Downstairs Theatre, Surry Hills, NSW, 3-11 November, 2011. Directed by: Leticia Caceres.

  • Performed at The Studio, Hindmarsh, SA, 12-28 of September 2013. Directed by: David Mealor

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2009
    • Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2009 .
      Extent: 96p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Note/s:
      • Includes Director's notes, 19 April, 2009
      ISBN: 9780908156795

Works about this Work

Australian Gothic Drama : Mapping a Nation's Trauma from Convicts to the Stolen Generation Stephen Carleton , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , June no. 66 2015; (p. 11-39)
Beyond Sorry : Colonial Oppression on Australian Stages Andrew Hansen , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 25 May 2015;
'Theatrical journeys into Australia’s colonial history have often been rather grim affairs. Over the last 30 years or so, some of country’s most eminent playwrights – Louis Nowra, Andrew Bovell, Stephen Sewell, and Katherine Thomson among others – have created works in which the physical and psychological frontiers of settlement resemble grisly warzones of colonial oppression. So where are we now, in terms of our non-Indigenous drama?'
A Long, Dark Night of the Soul Matt Byrne , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 September 2013; (p. 86)
Wild Duck Takes Centre Stage at Theatre Awards Clare Morgan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 January 2012; (p. 3)
Theatre Gets a Round of Applause Joyce Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 December 2011; (p. 10)
Take a Bow, You Deserve It Jason Blake , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 December 2011; (p. 11)
Born to Spin a Mesmerising Yarn Bridget Cormack , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 October 2011; (p. 15)
Untitled Elissa Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 13 November 2011; (p. 13)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
Individuals All Together but Falling Apart John McCallum , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 November 2011; (p. 15)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
A Valid Reason to Feel Uncomfortable Jason Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 November 2011; (p. 11)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
Untitled Shirley Van Sanden , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Lowdown , August vol. 31 no. 4 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
Untitled Shirley Van Sanden , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Lowdown , August vol. 31 no. 4 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
A Valid Reason to Feel Uncomfortable Jason Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 November 2011; (p. 11)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
Individuals All Together but Falling Apart John McCallum , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 November 2011; (p. 15)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
Untitled Elissa Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 13 November 2011; (p. 13)

— Review of The Dark Room Angela Betzien 2009 single work drama
Born to Spin a Mesmerising Yarn Bridget Cormack , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 October 2011; (p. 15)
Take a Bow, You Deserve It Jason Blake , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 December 2011; (p. 11)
Theatre Gets a Round of Applause Joyce Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 December 2011; (p. 10)
Wild Duck Takes Centre Stage at Theatre Awards Clare Morgan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 January 2012; (p. 3)
A Long, Dark Night of the Soul Matt Byrne , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 September 2013; (p. 86)
Beyond Sorry : Colonial Oppression on Australian Stages Andrew Hansen , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 25 May 2015;
'Theatrical journeys into Australia’s colonial history have often been rather grim affairs. Over the last 30 years or so, some of country’s most eminent playwrights – Louis Nowra, Andrew Bovell, Stephen Sewell, and Katherine Thomson among others – have created works in which the physical and psychological frontiers of settlement resemble grisly warzones of colonial oppression. So where are we now, in terms of our non-Indigenous drama?'
Australian Gothic Drama : Mapping a Nation's Trauma from Convicts to the Stolen Generation Stephen Carleton , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , June no. 66 2015; (p. 11-39)
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