Kwesi, 16

The Dark had many captivating elements. One was the set design lighting and props. I was really impressed by the thought put into the set design. The lighting changed depending on the atmosphere and location; for example, when one of the rebels would broadcast on the walkie talkie, the lighting would go a violent red, making me feel uneasy, especially with the loud harsh sound of the speaker blasting it. The set was fairly simple, but very effective. On the right side of the stage was a Ugandan bus called a “Matatu”, it was made of a few seats and an overhanging luggage rack with various bags and suit cases in it. Despite being simplistic, the way the stage was set made it clear that it was a bus. Most of the play took place on the matatu. To the left of it was a small table, with a projector used to set the scene, projecting  the location, time and date, onto a signpost. It also showed real images of Uganda helping to transport the audience over to the scene. There was also the walkie talkie, used by the rebel, wrapped around one of the table legs. To get to it, the rebel would scuttle under the table and she would sit by the table and talk. Many of the props were creative and encouraged imaginative thinking. For example, the walking cane used as a gun, and the object in the bus driver’s mouth. I thought he was chewing sugar cane, but others thought it was a cigarette. Murat found inconsistencies like this annoying, whereas I liked them and didn’t find them too jarring. Overall, the set design lighting and props all came together well to create an interesting set and really powerful scenes.