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.
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
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 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