Show Synopsis


In 2022, Rowville Secondary College will be staging Debra Oswald’s ‘Stories in the Dark’. This production is a play with student-composed music threaded throughout to bring to life a series of stories that help the protagonists Anna and Tomas escape the harsh realities of their war-torn country. ‘Stories in the Dark’ celebrates the themes of hope, friendship and the power of imagination.


‘Stories in the Dark’ by Debra Oswald follows the story of a terrified 12-year-old boy, Tomas, who finds himself separated from his family in the unfamiliar streets of a war torn city. He takes refuge in a bombed-out house and in the total blackness his bravado crumbles into tears.

Into his life steps Anna – older, street smart and scornful of his crying. As a way of shutting the boy up, she starts to tell him a story that she vaguely remembers from her own childhood. And so begins a journey into the shifting, shimmering world of ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers.

‘Stories in the Dark’ explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with the hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive. The play is further complemented through student-composed music and dance threaded throughout key moments of the play to bring to life these fantasy stories and highlight the power of imagination and storytelling.


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There will be four public performances of STORIES IN THE DARKby Debra Oswald.

The production has now finished.

All performances of STORIES IN THE DARKby Debra Oswald; will take place in the Performing Arts Centre, Eastern Campus.