It’s Dark Outside (4 stars)

Mesmerising adventures in a surreal shadow world


This article is from 2013.

It’s Dark Outside

Photo: Richard Jefferson, Perth Theatre Company

Perth Theatre Company, the team behind the award-winning Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer present another dark theatrical adventure. Comprised of animation, dance, live action, shadows and puppetry, It’s Dark Outside takes the audience on a mesmerising story with a spaghetti western twist.

Written and performed by Tim Watts, Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs, the piece begins when an old man, under cover of night, leaves his home, comes across a trusty steed in the form of a tent and sets off on a wild journey, followed by a sinister and fast tracker.

Taking place in a surreal and dark world of shadow and memory, It’s Dark Outside chronicles a man trying to leave his old life behind, only to be haunted by regret and lost time. The talented cast have combined to create a simply beautiful play that is as visually stunning as it is emotionally breathtaking. A poignant piece of new writing that represents some of the very best aspects of Fringe theatre.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 13), 5.30pm, £12.50–£14.50 (£11–£13).

This article is from 2013.

It's Dark Outside

  • 4 stars

Tim Watts, Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs, the team behind The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer created and perform their new heartfelt and poignant adventure It’s Dark Outside. Using puppetry, mask, animation and live performance they deliver a grand epic western about death, redemption, aging and dementia.


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