“I have a right to appear here. Otherwise, who will listen to me? Where should I talk about myself, if not here?”
Four black femmes. Three revered White Male Writers. Two classic works. A radical deconstruction.
Critically acclaimed dark comedy The Ridiculous Darkness, by award winning German playwright Wolfram Lotz, is a surreal, hilarious and powerful response to Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now that invites us to rethink colonial narratives, confront our ideas of each other and question what we imagine is in the darkness.
Ultimo has a degree in piracy from Mogadishu University of Applied Sciences. Tofdau won’t rest until his story’s told. Sergeant Pellner and Officer Dorsch are sailing up the Hindu Kush in search of Lieutenant Colonel Deutinger in the rainforest of Afghanistan. And at his parents’ home in Bad Rippoldsau, Wolfram Lotz is experiencing writer’s block.
This production is conceived and directed by the Gate Theatre’s Associate Director, Anthony Simpson-Pike.
The show contains references to a fire-related incident that some viewers may find disturbing.
Please note this production features flashing lights and a prolonged black out. It also contains some provocative themes that some people may find distressing. If you have any concerns you can speak to one of the members of our team by calling Box Office on 020 7229 0706 or by emailing.
Running time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes without an interval.
Check out the rehearsal room photos here
Watch the cast in rehearsals