Silk Road at Vault Festival
Monday 8 January 2018
Festivals - Shows
The first play to be funded by Bitcoin, returns after a triumphant Edinburgh Fringe Festival with its London premiere, opening at Vault Festival later this month, before touring to Live Theatre, Newcastle.
Image: Shrapnel Theatre
Alex Oates' Silk Road, the first play to be funded by cryptocurrency Bitcoin, returns after a triumphant Edinburgh Fringe Festival with its London premiere, opening at Vault Festival from 24 January, before touring to Live Theatre, Newcastle in February.
Bruce is nineteen, unemployed and living with his Nan.
A struggling young Geordie tech-head, he's the unlikeliest international criminal mastermind you can imagine.
But sucked into an underworld dark web of new-age pirates, local gangsters and tea-cosies, it isn't long before Bruce discovers how easy it is to buy narcotics online.
Following a call-out on the real Silk Road forums for contributions to the original production's crowdfunding campaign, an anonymous donor donated two bitcoin.
Bitcoin value has since gone up, and plummeted, and gone up again.
Two bitcoin are currently worth about £21,405, and playwright Alex Oates will now be funding the entire production with cryptocurrency.
Shrapnel Theatre returns to Vault Festival following two smash-hit years with Underground and The Litterati, with the former transferring to Brits off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in June 2017.
Alex Oates has been shortlisted for both the Old Vic 12 and long listed for the Bruntwood Prize, and Papatango Prize with previous work including Pig and Rules for Being a Man (UK tours).
Dominic Shaw is a director from Jersey, and currently associate director for Kinky Boots in the West End.
Previous directing work includes A Memory for Forgetting (Arcola) and Fan Fiction (Other Palace).
Actor Josh Barrow is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has worked on the Royal Court Theatre's Open Court Project 2016, and is TriForce's Monologue Slam National Champion 2017.
Playwright - Alex Oates
Director - Dominic Shaw
Producer - Shrapnel Theatre
London SE1 7NN
24 to 28 January 2018
Running time: 60 mins