Brisbane Festival and La Boite Theatre Company present

From Darkness


7 - 28 Sept | La Boite - Roundhouse Theatre


By Steven Oliver (AUS)

World Premiere

A gripping, darkly funny drama by Steven Oliver (Black Comedy, Black Queen Black King)about a spiritual force and a family’s need to connect with it.

It’s the anniversary of Vinnie’s death. His 17-year-old brother, Preston, is being visited by spirits 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 talking… 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, and an encounter with spirits might just be the catalyst they all need.

This incredible new Australian work with a stellar Indigenous cast deep-dives into contemporary family politics and the connection between culture, grief and our humanity, with Oliver’s signature aplomb.


This performance contains themes of death, grief and loss, including suicide. Suitable for audiences 15+ years.


Benjin Maza, Lisa Maza, Roxanne McDonald, Ebony McGuire and Colin Smith


Writer Steven Oliver

Director Isaac Drandic

Set Designer Kevin O’Brien

Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner

Lighting Designer Ben Hughes

Associate Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham

Sound Designer Guy Webster

Visual Designer Keith Deverell

Assistant Creative Emily Wells

From Darkness is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and presented in association with Playwriting Australia. Development supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.



This event concluded in 2019.

Previews - 7, 9, 10 Sept

Auslan interpreted - 24 Sept

Duration : 70 minutes

La Boite - Roundhouse Theatre

6-8 Musk Avenue
QLD 4059

Adult - $56
Concession - $46
35 & under - $35
Student - $35
Preview - $35

Auslan Interpreted
Assistive Listening
Wheelchair Access
To book tickets with clear sightlines to Auslan interpreters, please email or call (07) 3840 7466.

Paid parking in the 
Kelvin Grove Urban Village (weekends free); limited Pay & Display street parking on Musk Ave, Blamey St, Victoria Park Rd & Carraway St

Take bus routes 345 and 390 along Kelvin Grove Rd, or buses to QUT Kelvin Grove or Normanby busway stations.

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