We originally created Darkstuff Productions to facilitate and develop new writing for live performance. This evolved into developing plays in response to site and space, away from the traditional theatre venue proscenium arch.

We’ve created shows in a church crypt, at a city farm, on board a ferry, behind the scenes at a theatre, in a nightclub and on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Our work has often been inspired by classic literature including adaptations of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, The Outsider and of course Moby Dick…

Moby Dick SS Great Britain poster

In 2012 we wrote, produced and performed our first adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

But the white whale was not done with us, nor we with it and in 2019 we recreated Melville’s mighty story onboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

16 sold out performances over eight nights…

Undeniably the perfect setting for this story…this Moby Dick tells Melville’s story playfully and completely” Bristol 24/7 Review

As an exciting immersive experience on a beautiful and historic site, it’d be very hard to beat” Muddy Stilettos

A feast for the senses…an atmosphere that is chaotic and authentic” Weston Supermum

…and still we’re not done with Moby Dick – watch this space for news on forthcoming plans as we set sail again on board the Pequod.

Ed Browning as Ishmael in 2019

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