Steven Oliver’s From Darkness is a gripping, darkly funny drama about a spiritual force and a family’s need to connect with it.
It’s the anniversary of Vinnie’s death. His brother, 17-year old Preston is being visited by spiritsâ€” seemingly tormenting him while he sleeps. His sister, Akira buries her pain in her phone. Their father, Eric, is in denial and their mother, Abigail, is numbing her pain with drink, while Nan is coping with it all by talkingâ€¦ a lot. There’s no denying that Preston’s on the cusp of something otherworldly. The family’s disconnect from each other and the world has gone on long enough. It’s time to purge the past to embrace the present, if they’re to have a future, and an encounter with spirits might just be the catalyst they all need. Steven Oliver’s deeply moving new play deep-dives into contemporary family politics and the connection between culture, grief and our humanity, with Oliver’s signature aplomb.
From Darkness was first produced by La Boite and Brisbane Festival premiering at La Boite on September 7, 2019