Darkstuff Productions exists to facilitate and develop new writing for live performance. We develop new writing for new stages in response to site and space, away from the proscenium arch.

We’ve created shows in the crypts of churches, on a farm in the heart of Bristol, on board a ferry, behind the scenes at a theatre, in a nightclub, on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain and most recently online.

We have created wholly original projects like the Eddie King series of shows, Nudge and Dark Stuff Remains.

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…

The pandemic impacted our plans for 2021.

During the first lockdown we worked with students to develop an episodic drama comprised of vignettes focussing on the initial responses of four students to the pandemic, filmed using mobile devices. 4 stories’ was delivered online over May 2020.

Final trailer for 4 Stories

In 2021 we were thrilled to collaborate with the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut U.S.A to deliver a performed reading of a chapter from Moby Dick via a feed from the SS Great Britain.

We are now underway with new projects for 2022.

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

Ed Browning as Ishmael in 2019

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12 years of performance…Think of a place you wouldn’t want to put on a show? We’ve been there!

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