'Enthralling' - The New York Times
5 STARS 'Curiously beautiful... breathtakingly compelling' - Fringe Guru Edinburgh
4.5 STARS 'A superior show...so very gripping' - Adelaide Advertiser
5 STARS 'This year's hot ticket' - Scottish Daily Express
On February 7th 2009, South Eastern Australia was ravaged by firestorms equalling the energy of 1500 atomic bombs.
Inspired by interviews with survivors, journalists and psychologists, The Day the Sky Turned Black is a tribute to the everyday heroes who fought 'Australia’s greatest natural disaster'.
As fires sweep through the tinder dry country at speed, residents prepare for the usual summer bushfire season, unaware of the magnitude of the coming fires. By day’s end, fire has claimed 173 lives and whole towns are decimated. By week’s end, over a million acres of land are razed to the ground and arson is suspected.
Through first person narrative, intermixed with on-the-spot news reports, five characters tell their poignant stories of survival and begin the journey to rebuild their lives.
Fresh from a critically acclaimed season at the 2011 New York International Fringe and the 2010 Edinburgh & Adelaide Fringe Festivals, The Day The Sky Turned Black is a tribute to courage, humour amidst adversity and hope.
A deeply moving play, with unexpected humour and tremendous tenderness.