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John Robertson: The Dark Room (Lee Martin For Gag Reflex)

By | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2022

For those not familiar with the Fringe’s long-running interactive ‘Rocky Horror’-style cult, in ‘The Dark Room’, an Australian Christmas Witcher lures geeky submissives into a dark room under the premise of playing a text-based adventure called ‘The Dark Room’. This is merely a pretext for him to consummately harangue, bully, and eventually, in role-play, kill them. With each year, ‘The Dark Room’ gets bigger, the geeks more rebellious and the unattainable £1000 prize more unattainable. Of course, the bullying is actually surprisingly wholesome, the catchphrases quickly learnt and, as we hurtle towards climate death, the collective yell ‘ya die!’ becomes ever-more urgent and cathartic. Inescapably, ‘The Dark Room’ is actually a safe space – and long may it remain so!

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug. 
tw rating 4/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]