A terrified 12-year-old boy finds himself separated from his family in the unfamiliar streets of a war-torn city. He takes refuge in a bombed-out house and in the total blackness his bravado crumbles into tears.
Into his life steps Anna—older, street smart and scornful of his crying. As a way of shutting the boy up, she starts to tell him a story that she vaguely remembers from her own childhood. And so begins a journey into the shifting, shimmering world of ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers.
Stories in the Dark explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with the hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive.
To listen to Debra Oswald talking about the play in Currency’s Not in Print Podcast series, click here.
To listen to Debra Oswald read her playwright’s note, also in Currency’s Not in Print Podcast series, click here.
Cue the Chorus is a series of critical responses by Australian playwrights to classic Australian plays, offering insights and personal responses. To read Jada Alberts’ response to Stories in the Dark, click here.