Fuel presents

The Dark

Written by Nick Makoha Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

Night is not the only darkness.

Nick takes a breath as he tries to remember.

Fragments of a forgotten journey flicker in front of his eyes. It is night, November 1978. He is four years old. He is holding his mother’s hand as they wait on the escarpment. They are leaving Kampala. Buying safe passage and silence with all they have, they travel by matatu and the conductor asks no questions.

Their companions are the missing, lost and displaced. Those who have suffered eight long years under the rule of Idi Amin.

The Dark is a story of the journey taken by a four-year old boy and his mother to escape a country divided by dictatorship and consumed by conflict.

The Dark is directed by JMK award-winning director Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop, Young Vic and Nine Night, National Theatre).

Age Guidance: 12+

Production photos © Helen Murray

FREE POETRY WORKSHOP with writer Nick Makoha

Supported by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities)

Wednesday 16th January, 3pm – 5pm

St Luke’s Chapel, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT

In conjunction with TORCH at Oxford University we are pleased to offer an engaging and unusual poetry masterclass with Nick Makoha, winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 and writer of The Dark. The workshop takes place in St Luke’s Chapel in the city centre and will explore the black Metic experience of poets and investigates how writers in exile are differentiated from natives.  The aim is to investigate each participant’s own unique Metic experience. Workshop places are free of charge, but limited, so must be booked via the TORCH website:


Please note that accompanying tickets for The Dark need to be booked separately via the North Wall.


"A vivid picture of a particular time and circumstance viewed through the intensity of first hand experience"

Stage Talk

"A multi-layered, multifaceted production. Powerful"


The Dark

15 January 2019 - 8:00 pm
16 January 2019 - 8:00 pm

Full Price: £16
Concessions: £14
Members: 15% off

Extra information

Post-Show Q&A with cast and Asylum Welcome

Join us immediately after the show on Wednesday 16th January for a 30-minute Q&A with the cast of The Dark and special guest Rachel Wiggans from Oxford Asylum Welcome who will talk about their vital work with asylum seekers in our local community.


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