Page extent: 64
ISBN: 9781783199785
Binding: PaperBack

My Eyes Went Dark

Matthew Wilkinson

PaperBack (22 Sep 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.'

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.

Nikolai Koslov, a Russian architect and father, avenges the death of his family in a plane crash - by killing the air traffic controller he holds responsible. Maintaining he can’t remember his crime, Koslov serves four years in a Swiss prison before being suddenly released. Back home he is greeted as a national hero and is even given a ministerial position. But guilt and remorse cannot stay buried forever.

Two actors perform a gripping tale of loss, blame and forgiveness, inspired by real events.

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ISBN13 9781783199785
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 64


'an extremely powerful play about justice, revenge and forgiveness...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

'Wilkinson tells this story with great pace and fascinating detail. Although based on a true case, My Eyes Went Dark has the feel of an ancient Greek tragedy. In its exploration of the feeling of rage as a form of loyalty to the dead, it shows both the agony of loss and raises a number of issues about grief, mourning and forgiveness.' Aleks Sierz, The Stage

‘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.’ TimeOut

'A thought-provoking and accomplished new play' Everything Theatre         

My Eyes Went Dark is a complex, multi-layered narrative with an awful lot bubbling under the surface’ London City Nights

'Played on a bare, black stage, Matthew Wilkinson's stark two-hander stares into the deep void of grief and despair.' What's On Stage ★★★★