Dark Room follows the lives of men housed together in a five-by-five-metre cell, 23 hours a day, every day, until their release. This original work, based on true accounts, explores the codes and regulations of society “on the inside”. It charts the prison experience from pre-trial to imprisonment, and the reintegration into society as “returning citizens”.
If “prison is the punishment that keeps on taking”, Dark Room gives voice to the incarcerated by staging their stories and making their experiences visible to a wider audience.
(Source: Esplanade Presents: The Studios 2016)
Dark Room was developed under Centre 42's Basement Workshop (now known as the Creation Residency). Read about Basement Workshop here.
Directed and written by Edith Podesta, this play was first developed under the Esplanade Presents: The Studios RAW in 2014 as a work-in-progress reading. It went on to clinch the Best Ensemble Award at the 15th M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards in 2015. Read more about the development of the first iteration titled Dark Room x 8 here.
This second iteration of the play, re-titled as Dark Room, is a commission by Esplanade Presents: The Studios 2016 and will premiere on 28 April 2016 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. Centre 42 supports the development of this second iteration from February to April 2016.
Prison tales retold by Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times.
Dark Room Sheds (More) Light on Prison Life by Isaac Tan.