THE DARKENING SKY
By Richard Murphet
A neo-noir thriller set in the inner suburbs of Melbourne
9 - 19 MARCH 2022
The Darkening Sky is an electrifying and all engrossing new Australian work by renowned director Richard Murphet. A neo-noir thriller spanning over seven decades, this gripping story interweaves lives from the past and present in a desperate bid to solve the unexplained disappearance of two women. Set in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, James (Brian Lipson) dissects his past, navigating through memory to find the truth that has long been hidden. At the same time, Tony (Tom Dent), a private investigator hunts down clues to find a missing person: Chantal St Clair.
In this new work, Murphet brings together film, live music and performance to plunge the audience deep into a noir world of crime, love, loss and memory.
Richard Murphet gives an insight into his creative process
This production is being made on the land of the Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Written & Directed by RICHARD MURPHET
Stage Managed by RAIN SHADRACH OKPAMEN
Film Composition by JAK SCANLON
Composer, Sound Design & Live Music by ADRIAN MONTANA
Set & Costume Design by ELOISE KENT
Lighting Design by KRIS CHAINEY
Photography by CHELSEA NEATE
Produced by SAMARA BARR (VTC), LAUREN BENNETT (THEATRE WORKS)
& RICHARD MURPHET
JESSICA CLARKE, MATTHEW CONNELL, BRIAN LIPSON,
TOM DENT, EDWINA WREN, ANTHEA DAVIS, ADAM PIERZCHALSKI,
"Like I told you, someone died, do you remember that?
Are you feeling fine about that?"
Photographs by Chelsea Neate
"The production of The Inhabited Man is a multi-dimensional feat which daringly employs an intoxicating collision of intense audio and layered visual text. The result is a production which not only reinforces the story-telling reach of Murphet’s script, but also intensifies the theatre experience for audiences. The Inhabited Man is a riveting and thought-propelling play about a man snared in the horrific embrace of a war which never ends."
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ON "THE INHABITED MAN"
"The Inhabited Woman represents a floating world, a disconnected place in which both audience and on-stage figures drift into dreamy, atemporal states, before one suddenly catches one’s breath and lightly steps forward into the next, deliberately artificial, theatrical realm. Like tide lapping at a shore, the production beckons and captures the audience before releasing its grip to leave us resting again on the soft surface of a dramaturgical shoreline."
REAL TIME ON "THE INHABITED WOMAN"