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The Dark Room

'Brutal, poetic, bizarre and hilarious' ★★★★★ British Comedy Guide

You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room!

Choose an option a) Find The Light Switch. B) Cry For Help C) Go North. YOU can come and play the world’s only live action version of a text-based adventure game. It’s a comedy night, a gameshow and a pantomime all in one.

After 4 million YouTube hits, three crowd-surfs, 4 death threats and countless sell-out shows from the UK to Australia – cult hit THE DARK ROOM returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for it’s 7th year running in 2018.

The audience play as contestants in a test of skill, wit and cunning. Imagine a choose-your-own-adventure, text based game but LIVE. It’s strange, insane and addictive and there’s a £1,000 grand prize if you can beat the game and escape THE DARK ROOM.

The Rules Are Simple:

1. Options will appear on a screen.

2. Audience calls out the option they want.

3. You’re either right, or dead.

4. In the end, everybody plays.

Performed by stand-up John Robertson, this is a surreal, incredible show for anyone who’s ever touched a video game, seen a video game, or has done neither of these things and is willing to be thoroughly disturbed.

John has performed The Dark Room at comedy and gaming festivals around the world. He is currently in Australia for PAX and this year alone has done Insomnia Gaming Festival, London Film & ComicCon, Sci-Fi Weekender, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, FringeWorld Perth, Glasgow Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Leeds International Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Underbelly Festival AND monthly residencies in London (Soho Theatre) and Manchester.


The Guardian

“What a marvellous, maddening concept this is from the twisted mind of John Robertson”

“Will have you crying with laughter”
Broadway Baby

Watching people tackle the challenge and fail is one of the funniest sights around. Don’t miss it.The Daily Telegraph

“You must see this show at least once in your life!” 
The Sun

“One of the most innovative and original comedy shows around”
Manchester Evening News

★★★★★ – Three Weeks
★★★★★ – Arts Awards Voice
★★★★★ – The Sun
★★★★★ – Shortcom
★★★★★ – Brickbats and Bouquets
★★★★★ – The Skinny
★★★★★ – Broadway Baby
★★★★ – Chortle
★★★★ – The List


On September 20th, 2018 – John Robertson’s ‘The Dark Room’ finally became an actual video-game, with level one launching on Steam for PC and Mac.
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