While receiving treatment for prostate cancer, writer Peter Wells – an intensely private person – reached out to the world via Facebook, where he examined his life as he also contemplated the end of it. Peter’s posts were collated and published under the title Hello Darkness.
Now, award-winning playwright Victor Rodger (Black Faggot) has adapted Hello Darkness as a one man show. Directed by Shane Bosher and featuring Roy Ward (Brokenwood Mysteries), Hello Darkness is both moving and amusing.
In Peter’s words: “During that time, I received in return an explosion of aroha on that most cynical of mediums – the internet. There was advice, commentary, encouragement, accompaniment. I made something out of nothing, if near death experiences can be said to be nothing. I learnt a lot.”
This is a story of facing the biggest challenge and meeting it with grace, intelligence, wit and resilience.
"Hello Darkness goes to the essence of why we write and why we read. It is a communication from one voice in the dark to another person, talking intimately and honestly. On the very edge of a human life, perspectives open up that are not available in any other circumstances.” - Stuff.co.nz
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