The Darkling Society
A play. Outside. After dark.
Over four nights in June 2016, intrepid founders of The Darkling Society stayed up late, packed a torch, and made a pilgrimage into the great outdoors.As the sun set over Bath, our audience joined a band of musicians and outsiders for an expedition like no other! Cosying up in the beautiful landscape of Prior Park and, as darkness fell, we watched the wonder and wisdom of the night unfold before our very eyes!
Not long after, Kilter Theatre, in partnership with Brighton Dome, took The Illuminating Times of The Darkling Society to The Starboard Festival at the Brighton Open Air Theatre, to meet a whole new group of Darklings, who made the journey out in the dark for another fantastic performance.
And the journey doesn’t stop there, for The Darkling Society events continue! Keep an eye out for when The Illuminating Times of The Darkling Society will return…
Strangers in an unwelcoming land, curious siblings Lina & Hersch make the perilous journey to a secret sanctuary beyond the boundaries. Here they try to make sense of their topsy-turvy world – but can they find solace in the quiet, comforting darkness? What are they running from and who really are The Darklings?
Inspired by William & Caroline Herschel, Bath’s 18th Century immigrant astronomers, Kilter enchanted audiences of all ages with their irresistible performance style including live music, a pedal organ, cycle generators, bat-detectors and howling into the night!
“Beautiful, funny, moving, poetic, creative. It made me think about the way we all live and how we are loosing touch with the natural world…loved it”
“It was completely and magically enchanting – made us feel HUMAN!”
“It was fantastic! Long live the Darklings!”
Suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over.
Running time is approximately 1 hour.
Cast: Caroline Garland (Lina) & Oliver Langdon (Hersch)
Musicians: Tom Ball & Katie-Stone Lonergan
Script by Oliver Langdon & Caroline Garland
Composer: Tom Ball
Dramaturg: Adam Fuller
Design by Edwina Bridgeman
Technical Manager: Chris Samuels
Production Assistant: Lydia Woolley
Photography by James A. Hudson
The Darkling Society was created with support from the egg, Theatre Royal Bath, Bath Fringe, Forest of Imagination, Arts Council England, Creative Fund & The National Trust.
For show booking enquiries, or further information on The Darkling Society, please contact Olly at firstname.lastname@example.org