>> Incoming, deep travel
>> Estimated 600 souls
>> Estimated 600 souls lost in 81 minutes

There is a Dark Land in the depths of space. Ships are drawn to it like moths to a flame, where they are consumed, destroyed. A lighthouse orbits the Dark Land. Teller Ghent is the keeper – one woman alone on Lighthouse 5. But the lighthouse is dying. Teller’s only company is a sentient computer with a taste for the poetic… and a host of terrible visions from the end of the universe.

Teller is afraid. She thinks she might be losing. But she is never, never giving up.

Dark Land Light House is a visual and visceral sci-fi horror – 2001: A Space Odyssey, spliced with the ancient unspeakable terrors of HP Lovecraft, with all-enveloping sound and music inspired by Ben Frost and Richard Skelton.

Cast includes: Laura Dannequin, Derek Frood, Jessica Macdonald

Written by Timothy X Atack
Directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya
Original Music and Sound by North Sea Navigator & Timothy X Atack
Production Design by Rosanna Vize
Lighting Design by Ben Pacey
Projection & Video Design by Rod Maclachlan
Production Manager: Chris Swain
Production Photography: Paul Blakemore

Dark Land Light House premiered at Bristol Old Vic in April 2016

about sleepdogs

Sleepdogs is a collaboration between director/producer Tanuja Amarasuriya and writer/composer Timothy X Atack. They make theatre, film, audio and digital work characterised by surprising storytelling and detailed sound design. They are wilfully interdisciplinary in their process and are interested in the splicing of traditions, scenic routes not yet taken, stories that haven’t been told quite that way before, familiar emotions made complex again.


If you are interested in presenting Dark Land Light House, please contact Matthew.

Photos: Paul Blakemore

funders & partners

Produced by MAYK. A Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission. Developed with support from Bristol University Drama Department. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.