The Gloaming is a dystopian fantasy about a mother and son and the power of story to comfort and terrorise.
The mother keeps her son safe and protected by keeping him confined. Their world is a constant retelling and recreation of stories from the one book in the house: a collection of the Brothers Grimm.
Then one day the earth shakes as it’s blasted open. Trees topple and crash. The outside world comes roaring to their hideaway in the guise of a hunter with his dogs, roaming the land for mineral wealth. A battle to the death ensues.
The Gloaming engages with environmental themes and makes comment on the current battle for Australian wild spaces through the fairytale form. The intensity of the stories – their constant surprises and dark twists – makes for an enthralling theatrical experience.
Playwright - Katherine Lyall-Watson
Director - Caroline Dunphy
Dramaturg - Kathryn Kelly
Producer - Danielle Shankey
Design and co-producers - Dead Puppet Society
Sound design and composition - Christine Johnston
First creative development completed.
Supporters & Acknowledgements
The 2014 creative development of The Gloaming was supported by an Arts Queensland grant and by The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art‘s Fresh Ground program. Read Arts Queensland’s case study on the development outcomes.