I LOOKED INTO THE DARKNESS AROUND ME Supports Prevention of Violence Against Women at Holden Street Theatres

By: May. 08, 2012
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   Holden Street Theatres is currently hosting Dirk Zadra’s chilling and atmospheric play, I LOOKED INTO THE DARKNESS AROUND ME.

A woman is found dead by her husband in the car in their garage. An inspector investigates and tries to understand. Was it suicide or the end point of a complex marriage? A power play unfolds between a woman and her husband revealing a relationship marked by loneliness, broken trust, violence, unfulfillable hopes, and promises for change.

More than just a presenting a play to spread their message, zee.productions has been travelling around the greater Adelaide area, bringing the White Ribbon Foundation’s cause of preventing violence against women to light and collecting support.

zee.productions states: “Violence against women is a serious social problem that knows no cultural, age, or economic boundaries. Until such time as this issue is brought into the light of public scrutiny, victims will continue to feel shame and isolation; perpetrators will continue to find refuge in the darkness of our collective ignorance.”

Not only is zee.productions using beautiful art as a medium to encourage social change and spread an important message, all profits from the show are going directly to the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee (supporting the White Ribbon Foundation), as well as Holden Street’s foyer and bar area (aka The Box) being transformed as a place for people to reflect and further support the cause, with the opportunity to take an oath and also write a declaration on a white ribbon. 

Press notes describe I LOOKED INTO THE DARKNESS AROUND ME as “an intense Contemporary Theatre experience that has audiences captivated from the beginning to the end. The play holds them in a deep, honest silence as they bear witness to the events leading to the Wife’s death. The sparseness of the costuming (Oriana Merullo) and the set (Karen Zadra), combined with the richness of the lighting design (Susan Grey-Gardner), reveal and amplify the internal states of the characters.”

Having seen the show, it is completely heart-wrenching and emotional. The despair of the wife is real, the anger you feel towards the husband even more so. The cast is phenomenal. The costumes and sets are full of inspired symbolism, and the lighting is beautiful. It is a play that will stay with you forever.

If you would like to support this important cause and witness theatre that should not be missed, tickets are available through Venue

*Tix (online or by telephone: 8225 8888) or at the door. The season is selling fast, so get in quickly!

4 May - 19 May 2012
(90 minutes, no interval)
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7.30pm
Matinee on Saturdays, 2pm

The Studio, Holden Street Theatres
34 Holden Street
Hindmarsh SA 5007

Carmel Johnson - Inspector
Roberto Zenca - Husband
Shannon Mackowski – Wife

Written and Directed by Dirk Zadra.
Photos by Robert McFarlane


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