From Darkness Whence We Came

by Steven Oliver

‘It’s the live ones you gotta worry about hurting you. The Birilungs aren’t here to cause us pain, they’re here to cause our awakening.’

A middle class nuclear Indigenous family, complete with Elder, live an unremarkable life in the Australian suburbs — apart from the occasional visit from spirits, the Birilungs. Unable to communicate with them, the only thing the family knows is that the Birilungs are now visiting 17-year-old Preston. When he finally comes out of his room and reveals the spirits’ plans, the family must grapple with a new kind of future.

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kukuyalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He studied at the Aboriginal Music Theatre Training Program and then at WAAPA. Steven is the former Assistant Artistic Director at Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and has worked with Yirra Yaakin, Kooemba Jdarra Theatre, La Boite Theatre, Jute Theatre, Kite Theatre and the Queensland Arts Council. Steven is a creative force behind ABC’s hit comedy sketch show, Black Comedy.

From Darkness Whence We Came has been developed in partnership with La Boite Theatre Company as part of Playwriting Australia’s Ignition program. Ignition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Director: Isaac Drandic

Dramaturg: Peter Matheson

Performances: Thursday 22nd March, 5:30 pm

Friday 23rd March, 8:15 pm

Single Ticket: $20

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