The Inhabitors present
IN A DEEP DARK FOREST
by Roslyn Oades & Collaborators

Nominated for Best Presentation for Children
Helpmann Awards 2017

A daring quest for the bravest of the brave!

In a faraway place, not so dissimilar to our own, an enchanted forest is in seriously, serious trouble. The ancient trees that once bathed in shafts of golden sunlight have been plunged into darkest shadow. The sun is missing and it is always night. The white horned butterfly, the spotted Thylacine and the penguin fairy, that once frolicked happily, have all disappeared. Our story begins as a tribe of brave children (and their elders), armed with tiny torches, set forth into the darkness on a daring quest to return the light... 

In A Deep Dark Forest is an exciting new adventure game, set in a magical pop-up forest and played in the dark. A charming shared adventure for families; this is your chance to experience a live bedtime story together.

Designed for children aged 6 to 11 and their adults.

...inspirational, stimulating and most memorable...
— Stage Whispers (Jan 17)

Creative Team

Writer & Original Director Roslyn Oades
Performer Jacob Williams
Adam McConvell (Jan 2017 season only)
Associate Director Brienna Macnish
Audio & Composition Robert D Jordan
Design & Lighting Rainbow Sweeny 
Script Consultant Jacob Williams
Games Mentor Myfanwy Jones

Producer Simon Bedford
Production Manager Bec Etchell
Administrative Support Auspicious Arts Projects Inc

In A Deep Dark Forest was originally developed and created by writer/director Roslyn Oades in collaboration with Simon Bedford, Jacob Williams, Rainbow Sweeny and Robert D Jordan. This project was seeded by City of Melbourne through ArtPlay's New Ideas Lab and developed with the assistance of Arts Centre Melbourne and the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

In A Deep Dark Forest drew considerable inspiration from a brains trust of 9-12 year olds during its development at ArtPlay. The Inhabitors would like to acknowledge the input of these generous young gamesters: Ben, Cilla, Devon, Kaspar, Kiki, Lawrence & Morgana

Previous Seasons

ArtPlay, Melbourne (development season, November 2015)
Spot On Children's Festival, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta (development season, September/October 2016)
Arts Centre Melbourne (January 2017)
DreamBig Festival, Adelaide (May 2017)