The Ridiculous Darkness

The Ridiculous Darkness

3 (1) · Contemporary, Fringe Theatre

‘I ran through the darkness. Everything was very quiet. I ran and ran. It was dark, but I could orient myself. I had the feeling that everything inside of me was also very dark and calm. It was as if I was just walking inside myself.’

Lyn Gardner avatar
28 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“There are moments when you might wonder whether The Ridiculous Darkness, which interrogates representation of Africa and Asia in Western culture, could be almost be too clever for its own good. But just when you reckon it might be a snake swallowing its own tail, its off-kilter humour and sense of playfulness suddenly makes you sit up a little straighter, listen a little harder and smile more broadly. If occasionally a little heavy-going, this is a smart show with superb performances.”


Ultimo has a degree in piracy from Mogadishu University of Applied Sciences. Tofdau won’t rest till 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 funny, powerful and surreal mash-up of Frances Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness invites us to rethink colonial narratives, confront our ideas of each other and question what we imagine is in the darkness.

Critic reviews

Lotz’s script is incredibly challenging and even a Canadian adaptation by Alley Theatre was criticised for the verbose script seeming laboured, which again occurs here as all actors at times struggled under the volume of words

The Upcoming

An absurd and absorbing show clocking in at 100 minutes straight through, you'd be sorely pressed to find anything more riveting or stupendous


Audacious, layered and delightfully strange theatremaking

The Stage

The Ridiculous Darkness isn’t subtle, but it’s surprising – even disturbing, at times


A story from a Somali pirate kicks off this outlandish comic critique of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 27 Feb - Sat 23 Mar, 3pm & 7.30pm


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