You Stupid Darkness!

You Stupid Darkness!

“I just think it’s, you know, important to look at the good things that are happening as well.”


Everything’s been falling apart for a while now. In a cramped, crumbling office four volunteers spend a few hours every Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be ok. As the outside world disintegrates around them, Frances, Joey, Angie and Jon teeter on the edge of their own personal catastrophes. Their hopes and fears become entangled as they try, desperately, to connect with the callers and with each other.

An urgent play from Sam Steiner about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world.

Critic reviews

Steiner's play is timeless – it transcends any specific period and paints a picture of a potential apocalypse that seems inevitable in the current political climate


Overlong Sam Steiner play needs clarity to go with its compassion

The Arts Desk

Glimmers of hope in a post-apocalyptic land

Evening Standard

This cast work exceptionally well together

Theatre Weekly

A hopeful reminder that life can be found in the darkest of places

Broadway World

It is bleakly funny. It wounds even as it makes you smile

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Sam Steiner’s end-of-the-world call centre drama is a lovely idea that doesn’t quite work

Time Out

Steiner’s plot and personalities depend more on cliché than substance

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Thu 16 Jan - Sat 22 Feb, 3pm & 7.30pm


77-85 Newington Causeway SE1 6BD London, UK · Get Directions

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