Alex Packer’s Edinburgh Fringe hit BALLISTIC, inspired by the YouTube “retribution” video and 140-page manifesto left behind by mass murderer Elliot Rodger, transfers to London’s King’s Head Theatre this month for a strictly limited three-week season from 27 February. Watch the trailer for the show – and Rodger’s own chilling video that inspired it – and then get booking!
Transferring to London from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, BALLISTIC is hard-hitting new writing inspired by the “manifesto” of Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, before killing himself, in 2014.
Closer to home, gun crime offences in London last year surged by 42% – 2,544 gun crime offences from April 2016 to April 2017 compared to 1,793 offences from 2015 until 2016. “Toxic masculinity” and ever-increasing access to vicious video games and movies, in combination with being able to purchase anything on the “dark web”, makes for a sobering depiction of what can spiral out of control in a young man’s life.
He tries his best with girls. He tries his best with mates. But for all his efforts, things just don’t seem to be going right. So he’s making a change. Something’s triggered him to stand up for himself. They made him feel small but with just a few clicks he’ll become the biggest thing on the internet. But does he have the balls to go through with it?
Fueled by rejection, inspired by violent media and facilitated by the internet, BALLISTIC explores how a series of unremarkable events can create a killer, begging the question ‘can atrocities such as this be avoided?’.
The one-man play, performed by Mark Conway, is written and co-directed, with Anna Marsland, by Alex Packer. It’s designed by Frances Roughton, with lighting by Peter Thomas, and produced by Euan Borland for Mini Mall Theatre. Mini Mall was formed in 2013 with an aim to create exhilarating and playful theatre with music and sound at its heart. The company’s work varies from Shakespeare to new writing, from one-person pieces to large promenade performances. O
Of Mini Mall’s latest offering, Alex Packer says:
“We are becoming immune to seeing violent attacks splashed all over our news and social media, and the key question of why it’s happening is always unanswered. BALLISTIC is an attempt to get inside the head of a troubled young man who goes on to commit a violent act – as well as provoking thought on everyone’s role in trying to understand it, challenge it and stop it.
“The King’s Head Theatre has been a landmark on the London Fringe for decades, and it’s a huge thrill to be a part of that history. It’s also an exciting time to be working with the venue as they finalise plans for their major refurbishment.”
BALLISTIC runs at London’s King’s Head Theatre from 27 February to 17 March 2018, with performances (60 minutes) Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm, Sunday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are prices £10-£19.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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About Elliot Rodger
On 23 May 2014, in Isla Vista, California, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, before killing himself inside his vehicle.
The attack began when Rodger stabbed three men to death in his apartment. Afterwards, he drove to a sorority house and shot three female students outside, killing two. He drove to a nearby deli and shot to death a male student who was inside. He began to speed through Isla Vista, shooting and wounding several pedestrians and striking several others with his car. Rodger exchanged gunfire with police twice during the attack, receiving a non-fatal gunshot to the hip. The rampage ended when his car crashed into a parked vehicle and came to a stop. Police found him dead in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Before driving to the sorority house, Rodger uploaded to YouTube a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution”, in which he outlined details of his upcoming attack and his motives. He explained that he wanted to punish women for rejecting him and that he envied sexually active men so he wanted to punish them for their sexual activity.
After uploading the video, Rodger emailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript to some of his acquaintances, his therapist and several family members. The document, titled “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger”, was made available on the Internet and became widely known as his manifesto. In it, he described his childhood, family conflicts, frustration over not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, his contempt for couples, his disgust for interracial couples, and his plans for what he described as “retribution”. (Source: Wikipedia)