Critically acclaimed dark comedy The Ridiculous Darkness, by award winning German playwright Wolfram Lotz, is a surreal, hilarious and powerful response to Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now that invites us to rethink colonial narratives, confront our ideas of each other and question what we imagine is in the darkness.
Four black femmes. Three revered White Male Writers. Two classic works. A radical deconstruction.
'I have a right to appear here. Otherwise, who will listen to me? Where should I talk about myself, if not here?'
Ultimo has a degree in piracy from Mogadishu University of Applied Sciences. Tofdau won’t rest until 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 production is conceived and directed by the Gate Theatre’s Associate Director, Anthony Simpson-Pike.