It’s Dark Outside


Program Information

Genre / Country Theatre / AUSTRALIA
Dates 29 April at 13:30, 30 April at 13:00, 1 May at 18:30
Venue At BOX Theatre, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park (Non-reserved seat)
Duration 50 minutes
Text and Performance Tim WATTS, Arielle GRAY, Chris ISAACS


Tim WATTS returns to Shizuoka with his magical work!

Tim WATTS brought his great work “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” to “World Theatre Festival Shizuoka 2012,” when delighted audiences were mesmerized by its puppets, masks and animation films.
This year, he and his co-creators bring their enchanting, magical world back to the festival with the tale of an old man who leaves his beloved home and sets off on a great journey, all the time feeling he is being pursued by a stranger. In this play that fantastically depicts the inner world of a person with dementia, WATTS and his team explore a world hardly understood by other people. Although the piece has no words, it brilliantly expresses the story with imaginative direction that’s sometimes very humorous, and sometimes poetical — but always engaging for audiences of all ages.


An old man leaves his home and heads off into the wilderness, taking his trusty high-quality tent with him. It seems this is not a vacation or pleasure trip. We find he believes he is on a wanted list, and is being chased by an unknown stranger. So he is actually running away to avoid being caught. This old man’s lonely adventure poses the question whether it is really possible to run away from everything?

Performers’ Profiles

A performer, deviser, director, producer, puppeteer and animator. He has created and toured theatre around Australia and the world winning numerous awards and critical acclaim. He also has participated in workshops all around Australia and the world, including Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Beijing, Shanghai, Prague, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, California, and New York. Especially acclaimed for “The Adventure of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” which toured Japan in 2012 including “World Theatre Festival Shizuoka 2012”.

Arielle GRAY
Graduated in 2005 with a BA (Contemporary Performance). A performer, theatremaker, puppeteer, improviser, voice over artist. Arielle also assisted in the creation of “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” with Tim Watts. Performing in various kind of theatre, Arielle was nominated ‘Best Actress’ at Adelaide Fringe Festival.

A performer, writer, director, devisor, composer, lighting designer and stage manager. He toured as a technical manager of “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” and was a member of the creative team behind the show. His recent credits also include writer of widely acclaimed award winning productions.


◎Starting 25 minutes before each performance, there will be a pre-performance talk.
◎29 and 30 April, there will be a post-performance talk by the artists.

Cast / Staff

Created and Performed by Tim WATTS, Arielle GRAY, Chris ISAACS
Music Composed by Rachael DEASE
Tour manager: Sarah NELSON

Produced by The Last Great Hunt
Originally Commissioned by Perth Theatre Company LAST GREAT HUNT

Supported by Australian Embassy AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY TOKYO
Co-organised by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa / Aichi Arts Center

SPAC Staff
Stage manager: HAYASHI Tetsuya
Stage: MORIYAMA Marie, KAMIYA Toshiki
Lighting: KOBAYAKAWA Hiroya, ITAYA Wataru
Sound: HARADA Shinobu, AOKI Ryosuke (US), SHIMIZU Kei
Wardrobe: OOKA Mai, KAWAI Reiko
Interpreter: SATO Kiyoshi, SUZUKI Marina
Production: OGATA Mayuko, SATO Ryota

Technical manager: MURAMATSU Atsushi
Lighting manager: HIGUCHI Masayuki
Sound manager: KATO Hisanao

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016 the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan

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