“The conquest of the earth is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much”
After a five-star run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Scandal and Gallows Theatre bring their searing one-man adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – the book that inspired Apocalypse Now – to Omnibus’s Perception Festival.
Join Marlow on the deck of his steamboat, as he tells the story of his journey down the Congo River deep into the dark, greedy heart of European colonialism.
Stripped back to the essentials – one man, the objects around him and his story – this adaptation draws out an intensely personal voyage from Conrad’s beautiful prose. It is a voyage back through Marlow’s fractured memories of his confrontation with the darkest truths of his society, a confrontation that led him to the very edge of his sanity. It is a voyage that throws up issues of race, memory and agency that still resonate today.
“Great things will come of this company.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“Riveting… A voyage not to be missed” ★★★★ The Sunday Times
“Breathless [and] beautifully performed… Clark is… captivating throughout” ★★★★ The List
“Conrad’s brutal and terrifying story has been smartly adapted for the stage into a gripping sixty minutes. It is definitely worth seeing” Chris Haydon (Artistic Director, the Gate Theatre)
Director Madeleine Skipsey
Writer George Johnston after Joseph Conrad
Cast Guy Clark
Guy Clark recently made his professional debut in Diary of a Madman with the Gate Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe which has received four-star reviews from major publications including The Telegraph, The Stage and The Evening Standard.