Brisbane Festival and La Boite Theatre Company present

From Darkness

Theatre Republic - La Boite - Roundhouse Theatre
07 - 28 Sep


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Brisbane Festival / La Boite Theatre Company (AUS)
World Premiere

By Steven Oliver

It’s the anniversary of Vinnie’s death. His brother, 17-year old Preston is being visited by spirits – 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 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. 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 (Black Comedy, Black Queen Black King) deeply moving new play deep-dives into contemporary family politics and the connection between culture, grief and our humanity, with Oliver’s signature aplomb.

In his debut at La Boite, Isaac Drandic directs this incredible new Australian work with a stellar Indigenous cast.

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.

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Previews - 7, 9, 10 Sept

Auslan interpreted - 24 Sept


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

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Theatre Republic - La Boite - Roundhouse Theatre

6-8 Musk Avenue
QLD 4059

To book tickets with clear sightlines to Auslan interpreters, please email or call (07) 3840 7466.
Getting There

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.

Visit TransLink to plan your public transport journey.

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