Volcano Theatre marks the onset of winter and embraces the encroaching darkness with Confessions of a Dark Room, a new show inspired by the films of Ingmar Bergman, and by books by Junichiro Tanizaki, Yukio Mishima and E.T.A. Hoffman.
“We are moving from the bright long days of Summer through the darkening nights of Autumn and toward the long Winter months ahead. How can we relate to life’s dark days when we seem so obsessed with neon, with light, and with seeing everything that there is to see? It is as if we have only one sense. Little wonder, thus limited, that we are filled with anger, anxiety, and avarice.
“Meet our small company of actors who are accused of numerous failings – tax fraud, dilettantism, lewdness… In the fading light, they invent a noirish tale of excess, paying homage to Yukio Mishima and Ingmar Bergman. Confessions of a Dark Room will be a beautiful, funny mess. Together, in the shadows of a dark still night, we will dream of other lands.”
Confessions of a Dark Room continues the unique partnership between director Paul Davies and designer Bourdon Brindille, who together created Sincere as Objects and The Dread Zone. Movement direction is by Catherine Bennett with actors Pear Chiravara, Christopher Elson and Thomas Leonard.
Volcano Theatre, High Street, Swansea SA1 1LG
29 November – 16 December 2023