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Dark Night of the Soul
The Feminine Response to the Faustian Myth

Part of Ambitious Fiends

  • 2018/Winter/DarkNight

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5 January – 1 February 2019

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Running timeEach play will last between 20-25 minutes. Anthology performances last approximately 2 hours 20 minutes

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Jude Christian

Lily Bevan
Writer and Player

Lisa Hammond
Writer and Player

Katie Hims
Writer and Player

Wendy Kweh

Louis Maskell

Pauline McLynn

Rachael Spence
Writer and Player

Athena Stevens
Writer and Player

Mandi Symonds

Lucie Sword

Alistair Toovey

Jay Villiers

Amanda Wilkin
Writer and Player

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That time may cease, and
midnight never come

Doctor Faustus


Throughout history there has been little exploration or discovery of what the Faustian myth means for the woman, the female, or the feminine.

Dark Night of the Soul is a festival of new writing, with five new short plays written in response to the Faustian bargain by an ensemble of women writers that includes Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence, Katie Hims and Amanda Wilkin.

Written especially for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – and performed in tandem with Macbeth and Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare's and Marlowe's interpretations of the Faustian myth – Dark Night of the Soul brings together a chorus of female voices at the crossroads, asking the question: What would you sell your soul for?

Please be advised that some performances include strong language.

How to see the plays

Anthology Nights

The full whack. Friday 1 February is the final chance to see all give pieces of new writing back-to-back across one evening in the intimate candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Price: Standing: £5 | Seated: £10 - £30

Captioned Performance: Friday 1 February, 7.30pm

The plays

Lily Bevan

The French Welcome

Doctor Faustus is the most popular play in London, but it divides its audience. In the Mountjoy household they discuss the play and when the household comes to crisis, a new bargain is forged. Find out more.

Katie Hims

Three Minutes After Midnight

A writer and her niece are waiting. While in the room next door a nurse attends to the writer's sister. The sister is dying and the writer finds she cannot resist scribbling down a scene about her sister's death. A scene which reveals the secret of her sister's life. And then the writer's niece finds the scene in a notebook ...Find out more.

Rachael Spence and Lisa Hammond

Souled Out

Best mates Rachael and Lisa realised they might be soul-less. How could they sell something they don’t have? And if they don’t possess one, what could they offer in exchange for something they really, really wanted? Find out more.

Athena Stevens


Twenty five years ago the course of Sophie’s life was changed by a single human error. A settlement was given, and justice was paid. But Sophie disagrees, and now she is determined to take justice into her own hands. Find out more.

Amanda Wilkin

The Little Sob

A woman has been called to tell a secret. To open up about herself. For entertainment. For jokes. Or a kind of trial. She wishes to tell a story. She’s searching, maybe to unburden herself. But in order to heal, she’s required to admit something. Find out more.

Ambitious Fiends

In our first festival of the season, we will explore early modern and modern responses to the themes of power and corruption.

Ambitious Fiends runs November 2018 – February 2019 and includes MacbethDoctor FaustusDark Night of the Soul and Ralegh: The Treason Trial