The Dark Room

Wednesday to Saturday, 1-4 August
9 days from now
Inspiringly well written and perversely entertaining. Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
Betzien’s microcosmic short play... haunts you afterwards because it looks beyond itself and out to injustices that must be acknowledged even if they can’t be rectified. Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald

Presented by Stooged Theatre

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.

A teenage boy from a nearby country town waits for a stranger. Pregnant Emma waits for her husband Stephen, a country cop, wasted after his best friend's wedding. Anni, a government youth worker accompanied by a withdrawn and violent fourteen year-old girl, waits for the dawn. As the night draws on, each of them becomes trapped in dark and dangerous territory, each of them searching for a way out.

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.

Directed by Vanessa Bates, Stooged Theatre’s production includes an ensemble cast including Samantha Lambert, Jan Hunt, Mathew Lee, Mark Pegler, Maike Strichow and Neville Williams Boney.



  • Winner of the 2011 Sydney Theatre Award - Best New Australian Work
  • First commissioned and produced by Black Swan State Theatre Company in 2009. -


  • Wednesday 01 August 2018 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 02 August 2018 8:00 PM
  • Friday 03 August 2018 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 04 August 2018 2:00 PM
    8:00 PM

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