It's Going to Get Dark

Samara Hersch and Company

Samara Hersch is an Australian theatre maker who spent the last years sharing her time between her country of origin and Europe. She developed a unique and fascinating technique bringing conversation between strangers, not only as a methodology of work, but also as its subject.

In her productions, Hersch focuses on stories of marginalized communities and promotes dialogue on social and political issues between different generations. Her latest performance It's Going to Get Dark, which will premiere during SPRING, is an exploration of the possibilities of exchange and intimacy, especially between different age groups. On stage, intergenerational conversations take place between teenagers and seniors, who collectively reflect on how time shapes us and affects our future. Against a backdrop of shifting shadows and apparitions, the performers ask difficult questions about change, uncertainty and the approaching darkness.

It's Going to Get Dark is a prophecy, a promise and a prediction for a future that feels uncertain and overwhelming. Ultimately, the aim of the work is to cultivate curiosity, vulnerability, intimacy and resilience through coming together and listening. By exploring how darkness and theatre can expose alternative modes of interaction, Hersch invites us to rethink our relationship with the unknown and embrace new possibilities.

Samara Hersch is also part of the Topic Talk between provocation and invitation


Samara Hersch is an artist and theatre director whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. Her current research is an exploration into public acts of intimacy, proposing new artistic frames for non-professional performers and audiences to inhabit. Her recent body of work focuses on trans-generational dialogue with an enquiry into conversation as performance. These works include: Body of Knowledge, a work that invites teenagers to host conversations with adults regarding questions they have about the body and body politic, Sex and Death, an intimate encounter led by performers in their seventies and eighties and For the Time Being, a remote, inter-generational encounter created during the pandemic. Samara is currently an artist in residence at Theatre Rotterdam and is part of the EU Network; ACT; Art Climate Transition. She completed her Masters at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam (2019) and is based between the Netherlands and Naarm (Melbourne).

For the Spring Performing Arts Festival, performed by: Noraly Beyer, Judith van Gelder,  Douwe Jan Joustra, Matthew Schwarz, Ernesto Samson, Mireia Fort Mabres, Juliyah Heymach, Furgini Conep and Lieve Fikkers.   

Concept and Direction: Samara Hersch

Scenography: Belle Santos and Nevo Bar

Lighting Design: Emese Csornai

Creative Technologist: Fred Rodrigues

Sound Design: Matthias Schack-Arnott

Associate Artist and Community Liaison: Lieve Fikkers 

Dramaturgy: Maria Rößler and Tchelet Weisstub 

Production Manager and Sound Engineer: Joel Thurman

Production Support : Andrea van Bussel and Gioya van Rees (Netherlands) 

Artistic associate and Community Liaison: Cassandra Fumi (Australia)

Lighting Consultant: Jenny Hector

Design Advisor: Tchelet Weisstub 

Artistic Advice: Lorna Hannan, Richard Gregory, Aaron Orzech, Zsofia Paczolay and Edit Kaldor

Producer: Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam (NL) and Freya Waterson (Australia)

Photo Credit: Gregory Lorenzutti

Co-production partners: Brut Vienna (AT), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (NL), Theater der Welt 2023 in Frankfurt – Offenbach (DE) and Hyperlocal (AU), a joint program with Australian venues Abbotsford Convent, Dancehouse, Darebin Arts and the Substation, produced by Performing Lines

With generous support by Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig (DE), Creative Europe project ACT: Art, Climate and Transition (EU) and Australia Council for the Arts (AU) and BUDA Kunstencentrum Arts Center (BE) and MANY thanks to Nan van Houte, Nienke Scholts, Ira Brand,  Szymon Adamczak, Burkhard Korner, Isobel Dryburgh, Romy Moons, Elioa Steffen, Rodrigo Batista, Ashley Ho Yuhan, Kobbe Koopman, Dominik Naue, Keerthi Basavarajaiah, Agat Sharma, Fariboz Karimi, Ainhoa Hernandez Escudero, Tiana Hemlock, Jim Buskens, Latoya Hoeg, Lorna Hannan, Delia Bradshaw, Liz Jones, Ponch Hawkes, Casper Plum, Kuda Mapeza, Frankie Wilcox, Lauren Sheree, River Hart, Melanie Lane, Nathania Valasquez, Ana Riscado, Sol Feldman, Theo Boltman, Lazar Feldman,  Ella Simmons, Josh Wright, Lulu Fitz, Shay Keshavarz, Dacia Damen, Antonia Mohr and Raj O'Brien.



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€17,50 / €14,50


Het Huis Utrecht Theaterzaal


SPRING 2023 


Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English


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