The hut was an atmospheric and very narrow place to experience theatre, with often only inches between the single file of audience and the mesmerising performers. The haunting sound-scape created by Sound Artist Nick Parkin, alongside the words and whispers of the performance group, added richly to the experience. Co-directors Ray Jacobs and Nick Parkin referenced influences such as film directors The Brothers Quay and of writers such as Edgar Alan Poe and Dante Rossetti.
The ten performers repeated simple and surreal actions: the slow and menacing sweeping of a broom, a lover’s hand slowly following the contours of another’s face, another performer’s eyes transfixed as he slowly reflected light from the mirror he held, across the hut’s wooden ceiling.
In another story the continual slow pacing across the room by a lady in black brought terror for five performers pinned against the wall. The performers suffered from different terrifying delusions each time she slowly swept past: fear of ageing, fear of heights, fear of spiders, until eventually the performers (like some of the audience) were literally petrified.
The combination of skilful transformative performance and eerie, powerful set design and lighting made Fragments of Dark a truly remarkable and thought provoking experience.
Performers; Alison Picknell, Dean Warburton, Graham Busby, Nathan Campbell, Rebecca Smith,
Sean Nightingale, Stacey Smith, Mervyn Bradley, Sam Rogers, Zoe Robinson
Co – directors; Ray Jacobs, Nick Parkin
Set Design; Wren Miller
Lighting design and stage management; Jonathan Tritton