Sam Steiner's

You Stupid Darkness

Sam Steiner

Hannah Joss

The Linbury Theatre

Monday 25 October at 7:30pm
Tuesday 26 October at 2pm
Wednesday 27 October at 7:30pm
Thursday 28 October at 2pm

About the show

As the world around them falls apart, four volunteers spend their Tuesday night running Brightline, a telephone hotline.

While reassuring the fears and burdens of complete strangers, Frances, Angie, Jon and Joey search for optimism and human connection in an increasingly chaotic world. 

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Sam Steiner is a playwright and screenwriter from Manchester. Sam’s theatre work includes Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Walrus), Kanye The First (Hightide), You Stupid Darkness! (Paines Plough/Theatre Royal Plymouth) and A Table Tennis Play (Walrus).

Hannah is a theatre director working across the UK. She was a director in the most recent Old Vic 12 cohort, was previously a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, a Staff Director at the National Theatre and Baylis Assistant at the Old Vic. She will soon be taking up the post of Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.

As Director: Fake Melania (Old Vic), Original Death Rabbit (Jermyn Street Theatre), Carry On Jaywick (Murphy&Co/national tour), Gidea Park (Mountview), Eigengrau (Kings Head Theatre), The 11th Hour (the egg, Theatre Royal Bath), That Moment (Crescent Arts, Belfast). 

Associate Director: A Number (The Bridge Theatre), Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Adventure (Lyric Hammersmith)

Assistant Director: Rutherford and Son (National Theatre), Dance Nation (Almeida Theatre), Woyzeck (Old Vic Theatre), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Royal Shakespeare Company), Incognito (Nabokov/HighTide/The Bush), The Ladykillers (The Watermill)

Contains scenes of a distressing nature, reference to suicide/drug overdose and strong language.

Creative Team

Hannah Joss

Lizzy Leach

Movement Director
Anna-Luiza Clasper

Lighting Designer
Calum Priestley

Sound Designer
Avery Elliott


Brooke Lena Johnson

Miya James

Anthony Nyro

Alexandre Costet-Barmada

Production Team

Production Manager
Tom McCreadie

Stage Manager
Tara Daynes

Deputy Stage Manager
Marcus Grove

Chief LX
Stephanie Siraut

Lighting Programmer
Lucas Harle

Production Carpenter
Claudia Penna Rojas

Production Sound Engineer
Ewen Roberts

Costume Supervisor
Olivia Weltz