My Eyes Went Dark

by Matthew Wilkinson

25 August – 19 September 2015

“I’m not saying he wasn’t put in a dreadful position. But it’s an inescapable fact he did it. He commanded those pilots to dive. To their deaths. Whatever the reasons.”

The World Premiere

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Opening the Finborough Theatre’s Autumn Season, the world premiere of My Eyes Went Dark by Matthew Wilkinson – originally developed with the support of The National Theatre Studio.

Thrilling modern tragedy about Russian architect Nikolai Koslov who suffers the deep trauma of losing his wife and children in an air accident. As he seeks justice, the story transforms into a visceral examination of the cost of blame and our potential for forgiveness. Inspired by real events.


Wednesday 9 September 9.15pm

Post show Question and Answer session with writer director Matthew Wilkinson, actors Cal MacAninch and Thusitha Jayasundera, and Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project.

About Playwright and Director Matthew Wilkinson

Playwright and Director Matthew Wilkinson’s previous plays include Sun Is Shining (King's Head Theatre, BAC Time Out Critics' Choice Season and 59E59 Theaters, New York), Red Sea Fish (Brighton Pavilion Theatre and 59E59 Theaters, New York) and co-author of the UK adaptation of Hideki Noda’s Red Demon (The Young Vic and Tokyo). His short films have screened internationally, including official festival selections in London, Berlin, Paris, Siena and Nashville. Matthew trained as an actor at RADA and has performed in theatre, film and television including V for Vendetta and Shackleton, and voiceover for numerous commercials and animations including regular roles in 64 Zoo Lane and Thomas & Friends.

The Press on Playwright and Director Matthew Wilkinson

“Matthew Wilkinson’s vivid and expertly done play… Mr. Wilkinson captures so many quirks of feeling and speech.” The New York Times on Sun Is Shining

“Slick, solid and blindingly up-to-date… a tour de force… brilliant.” Critics’ Choice Time Out on Sun Is Shining

“Theatre for the adrenalin culture… pumping, throbbing, finger-snapping.” Evening Standard on Sun Is Shining

“Effortlessly enjoyable.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Sun Is Shining

“Not to be missed.” What’s On on Sun Is Shining

“Thrilling and intelligent… fans of edgier British fare rejoice: a young and vibrant voice awaits discovery.” on Red Sea Fish

“Surrealistic… mesmerising.” Brighton Festival Review on Red Sea Fish

“Deft writing… fine acting.” New York Time Out on Red Sea Fish

The Press on My Eyes Went Dark

★★★★★ Stage Review
★★★★★ Jonathan Baz
★★★★★ Remote Goat
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ London City Nights
★★★★ Everything Theatre

Three Off West End Nominations Best Female Performance - Thusitha Jayasundera
Best New Play – Matthew Wilkinson
Best Sound Design - Max Pappenheim

“Riveting, dark and intense... Utterly unmissable.” Anne Cox, Stage Review

“One of the finest pieces of theatre produced this season.” Grace Watts, A Younger Theatre

“An outstanding play, brilliant production and incredible performances.” Aline Waites, Remote Goat

“A superbly constructed, and acted, play.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

“An affecting, impressive new play” Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out

“A remarkably compelling study of a man in the grip of terrible grief and desperate hunger for revenge...A pitch-perfect, minimalist and traverse-staged production.” Paul Taylor, The Independent

“Another challenging and well formed new play for the Finborough.” Karl O’Doherty, Bargain Theatre Land

“A beautifully crafted play with two outstanding performances.” Indie London

“Superbly acted, this bleak, immensely moving and emotional drama is, at times, distressing and deeply touching with shocking images created out of nothing more than our imagination.” Anne Cox, Stage Review

“Matthew Wilkinson’s thrilling new play is about a grieving man, suffering a deep, awful trauma. As a visceral, realistic exploration of whether a victim can and should forgive, it’s practically Greek on the tragedy scale.” Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out

“An admirably ambitious and complex study of revenge and redemption and the true cost of forgiveness, playing at the redoubtable Finborough Theatre.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

“Wilkinson builds up the tension and the story so it slowly heightens into a searing intensity.” Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out

“Writer-director Matthew Wilkinson is a name to note because My Eyes Went Dark is an immediately arresting fringe premiere: up-close and quietly assured.” Kate Bassett, The Times

“An extremely powerful play about justice, revenge and forgiveness. It is said to be “inspired by real events” but what matters is less its documentary veracity than Wilkinson’s uncanny ability to get inside the skin of a man tormented by grief.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Cal MacAninch is mesmerising.” Anne Cox, Stage Review

“Cal Macaninch is brilliant.” Indie London

“Cal MacAninch gives an outstanding performance” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“An outstanding performance from Thusitha Jayasundera, who plays ten different characters to incredible effect.” Johnathan Baz,

“Thusitha Jayasundera is truly exceptional.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

“Excellent performances by Cal MacAninch (Koslov) and Thusitha Jayasundera.” Aleks Sierz, The Stage

“Intense, thought-provoking and intelligent, both give a very strong reading of an emotionally fraught story.” Aleks Sierz, The Stage

“With Hamlet at the Barbican Centre causing such a sensation this season and people queuing overnight for tickets, I had a thought about this small considered fringe venue; if I had queued overnight for this production…it would have been worth it. It would be a crime if a single seat for this production goes unsold.” Grace Watts, A Younger Theatre

25 August – 19 September 2015

Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm (from 5 September)
Sunday 3:00pm

Approximately 80 minutes with no interval