A rare chance to see a dramatic reading of the acclaimed one-man play by celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay.
Something Dark, originally commissioned by Contact and Battersea Arts Centre, tells the story of Lemn Sissay’s upbringing in children’s homes and foster care, and the search for his family and true identity. Originally directed by Originally directed by John McGrath (National Theatre of Wales/MIF/Contact), Something Dark has been performed throughout the world to great critical acclaim. It was adapted for BBC Radio 3 in 2005, and the following Q&A sessions have become legendary.
To celebrate the publication of Something Dark by Oberon Books and its inclusion on ‘Contemporary Black British Literature: A Reading Guide’, produced to accompany Edexcel’s A level English Literature and English Language and Literature; we are delighted to share this with you.
It’s an extraordinary true story, told by a masterful performer.
Reviews for Something Dark
“This is a must see event. I was riveted from start to nish. And the following Q & A session was extraordinary.I wholeheartedly recommend this show.” Paul Miller, Artistic Director, Orange Tree Theatre
“Outstanding. The warmth from the audience and the clarity of storytelling made me proud to be at this event. Laughter and tears. The journey of Lemn in Something Dark leads to incredible light. What a wonderful night at the Orange Tree.” George Spender, Oberon Books
“I programmed Something Dark as a one-nighter at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. I was thrilled by the compassion and emotional punch of the story; the timeliness of the subject matter; the incredible warmth, wisdom, intelligence and humour of Lemn as a performer; and the delighted response of the audience to the sold-out performance. I’m excited that Lemn will be bringing this memorable evening to audiences around the country.” Matthew Poxon, programmer, Orange Tree Theatre
“It would be impossible to come away from this show unmoved and uninspired” – Metro London
“Very occasionally a piece of art exists which is so powerful that if allowed to come into your life, it will turn your perspectives inside out. Lemn Sissay’s something Dark with its candid and shattering truths is precisely this.” – South African Jewish Report – Robyn Sassen
“A triumph” – The Scotsman
“The sheer intimacy of poet Lemn Sissay’s performance underpins the power of this monologue” – The Stage