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Ended 24 Jun 2017 after 30 days

There is an instinctive revulsion against taking a human life. And that revulsion can be conquered.

Closed 24 Jun 2017

Video gaming turns deadly

When does murder become a game? That is the premise of a gripping new play by Gary Owen (Violence and Son) that takes the digital gaming experience to a whole deeper level. When gamers accrue extra points for creatively torturing their victims it becomes the centre of a moral panic. Outside in the real world, half of society fear that the game promotes violence and social decay; on the other hand, the games developer insists that it is an exercise in morality and reaping the consequences of your actions. But who is right? Directed by Rachel O'Riordan and produced in conjunction with the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.

A timely meditation on the role of gaming in our lives, Owen's new work examines the age-old moral question of whether or not video games still impact the moral choices of a generation; at what point does the games start being responsible for our actions?

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Opening night: 25 May 2017

Closing night: 24 June 2017


Suitable for ages 14+ due to strong language

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