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Yet more Darkness

Barbara —  April 27, 2017 — Leave a comment

The winner of the talking sandwich prize for the most performed play from the Offbeat vaults has to be Rob Hockley’s Darkness in the Night, which is no surprise really. This moody and dark shot (shades of ‘Queen’), is from the students of Hereford 6th Form College, performing on Friday 28th April. Good luck! See you there…

Darkness in the Night

Some photos you never tire of. This is one of my favourites taken by Jim Rolt during a rehearsal by Conquest Youth Theatre for Darkness in the Night, one of Rob Hockley’s most popular plays. Performed all over the place, home and abroad, with success in One Act Competitions in the UK (Sodbury Players Youth Section – we still love you for that!), it just oozes daftness, darkness, Rob’s trademark witty, sharp humour and astute observations regarding teenage relationships. Four characters, an empty house, a cupboard, an egg whisk, many personal issues, romance, a few snacks … and the darkness of the underworld.

Darkness in the Night

Last night SPYS (Sodbury Players Youth Section) won the Best Youth award for their production of Rob Hockley’s “Darkness in the night” at the Bristol One-act drama festival!!!!
Congratulations from all at OffbeatTheatre – especially a delighted playwright. We’re proud and delighted to have been a part of what must have been a fab production!
Roll on the next round ….




A new one act comedy for teenagers by Rob Hockley ‘War and Cake’ has just been awarded HIGHLY COMMENDED in the Trinity College International Playwriting Competition.

Well done Rob! A richly deserved award and we look forward to seeing many performances of this wonderfully funny comedy. More info to come!

Snippets from the Competition Report:
“..this play is hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every sentence. Genuinely laugh out loud funny.”
“This is a quick, imaginative and at times surreal comedy”
“The dialogue is quick, witty and often fantastically unexpected”
“A fantastic play which has had me laughing each time I read”

We’ll let you know exactly where you can buy the play when Trinity have published it.

Sometime last year we decided to film a couple of scenes from Rob Hockley’s play Darkness in the Night as a marketing resource. Then (after we had finished filming of course) we thought .. why not make a movie style trailer instead. So .. after a script, a narrator, a soundtrack and many hours of trying to piece it together from the shots we actually had available, this is the result. I think it’s fair to say that after watching you will probably have no idea what the play is actually about … but it is fun.

Dave … Sam Collins
Lily … Flora Harvey
Bob … Liam Stobart
Kate … Alice Gaston
Narrator … Boz Farey

Filmed by Jim Rolt
Lighting by Boz Farey
Directed & edited by Barbara Hockley
Trailer script by Rob Hockley
Music by Corin Harper & Rotting Tramp
Photos by Tom Flathers

Filmed at the Conquest Theatre, Bromyard. 2013.

You can read the play on the Offbeat site should you wish…

And here we are filming … well, watching telly. Note the all important clipboard.

And here we are filming … well, watching telly. Note the all important clipboard.

I must modulate my Bunsen burner

Favourite lines from War and Cake by Rob Hockley

This is our ticket to the underworld, the land of the dead okay? I know this stuff. I am versed in the dark arts, steeped in the ancient lore of forgotten masters of arcane knowing. I’ve listened to every track on every album that Death Trash and Rotting Tramp ever made! Seven times. Backwards!

Dave in ‘Darkness in the Night’ by Rob Hockley

Darkness in the Night …

Barbara —  April 12, 2013 — 2 Comments
There is a story behind this wonderful expression of Liam's, but you really don't want to know ..

There is a story behind this wonderful expression of Liam’s, but you really don’t want to know .. Sam Collins as Dave and Liam Stobart as Bob. Photo by Tom Flathers

This week we had loads of fun filming a few scenes from Rob Hockley’s play ‘Darkness in the Night’. I’ll be spending most of the weekend editing the various takes before placing the finished product in a prominent position on the site (and doubtless, on the blog) next week. We might well have a blooper reel as well – I’ll see that gets the attention it deserves! For those of you who have no idea what the play is about (and I’m guessing that would be most of you) I shall briefly try and describe just how ludicrous it is…. Continue Reading…

And beyond that door, that obsidian portal into dusk, lies our fate, bound in unbreakable ebon bonds of black, carved in shadow and veiled in the charcoal depths of the Stygian, fathomless night.

A cupboard door of significance in ‘Darkness in the Night’