Someone in the Dark

Producer: Black Hole Theatre
Writer: Tracey Rigney (Wotjobaluk and Ngarrindjeri)
Directed By: Nancy Black

A fun-filled journey into the spooky dark and beyond!


Someone in the Dark is an interactive show where the children drive the action and become puppeteers. It leads them through a series of surprises: entering what seems to be a malleefowl’s nest, a large mound, they find themselves instead inside an egg, greeted by a chick (Mallee) who doesn’t want to hatch, and who welcomes the children as friends. That egg is then cracked open by a lost baby echidna, Puggle, and they all find themselves inside the mound – the walls and ceiling animated by interactive video projections. As the children and the puppets come together in this unknown space, they encounter other critters: ants, spiders, winking eyes, worms, mice, even a snake! A little spooky but also fun! They learn to chase the critters (and their fears) away, and finally figure out how to get home. After false leads from Mallee, they “climb” out. The walls give way to a glittering night sky, and then to dawn spreading over the land. When a flock of butterflies appear, the children become puppeteers themselves. A feather on the wind leads the way home.

Short Reviews

A magical experience!
Young audience member 2022
My kids had the best time, and so did I!
Adult audience member 2022
I don\'t want to go home. I want to stay here with you.
Young audience member to puppet. 2022


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 4
Bump-in Time: 4.5 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No


The lighting is provided entirely by the projectors.


We will bring 4 small speakers to be placed around the mound.


The staging is very simple and self-contained.Dome (mound): 8m diameter, 4m high, free-standing, held up by inter-locking steel poles, assembled by our tech operators, with help from 1-2 venue techs. All set and props fold into a van for touring. Tarps are laid under the dome, foam mats in front, and under the floor of the dome. At one point in the show the children follow a puppet through a “tunnel” that leads out of the dome, and goes back in through another opening. It is monitored and managed by staff. The tunnel is currently being adjusted for wheelchair accessibility.

The entrance/exit is accessible to children with mobility and other issues.8meters in diameter and 4 meters high The free-standing dome is made of a light proof fabric, black on the outside and white on the inside to create a perfect projection surface. Interlocking steel poles maintain its shape and hold it upright. 2 projectors cover the whole of the interior of the space (which has been seamlessly projection mapped).

In future iterations the outside of the dome will be dressed with “bark”, leaves, twigs, etc, to evoke the real thing!

Crew Notes

We would like help from 1-2 venue technicians during bump in.  We will also need 1 person outside the mound during the show to help if children want to exit the space, and also to help set up the “tunnel”.

Transport Notes

  • 1 Van (6-9 cubic metre), plus small car.
  • The production can also travel by plane.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Sparkling with humour and beautiful visuals, Someone in the Dark is aimed at families, schools and young children. It\’s theatrical but also about nature! The show invites children into unique, interactive experiences based in nature, full of surprises. Its intimacy prioritises each child\’s responses, so each will feel valued as participant.

After the show, all audiences can learn about malleefowl, talk to the puppeteers and handle puppets!

2 performances per day.

Selling Points

  • Unique interactive show with 360 degree projections, puppetry, and live performance.
  • Wonderful for school groups
  • Very funny! Full of surprises! Takes the children on a magical journey!
  • So intimate that each child is engaged along the way

Community Engagement

  • Q & A after each show. Audience meet puppeteers, handle puppets, learn about the malleefowl and the Wimmera.
  • Workshop for young people and school groups on storytelling through object puppetry. Price to be negotiated.




Venue Format

Either a studio, hall, shed, or any space with a flat floor that will hold the 4 x 8m “dome” - plus space around it for the audience to gather. That space needs to be indoors and free of ambient noise – ie not a shopping mall. The space also needs to provide access to power points.


40 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $7745

Weekly Sell Off: $12,159

Per Performance: $5,200

Royalties: 15%

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