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Gary Owen’s Killology is a challenging watch – both structurally in its non-linear format and emotionally in its subject matter. Killology is a new gaming experience in which you score more points for the more ‘creative’ ways in which you torture and kill people and Owen’s play looks at the consequences of its success on Paul, who made it, and on father and son Alan and Davey.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Owen fields three characters: Paul, smarmy son of an industrialist, has invented a game, Killology, in which players torture their victims. Sounds gross enough, but Paul has given it an extra dimension: you score more points depending on how creative you are in your torturing.
It can’t be too good dodging the dog-shit streets of Splott. It can’t be too easy dodging Effie, the loud-mouth, aggressive inhabitant who has saved us all. Every single one of us. We owe her. And she’s about to tell us why.
New Welsh monologue focuses on the sacrifices demanded from its young female heroine, but what are its politics?
UK Theatre has announced the winners of the UK Theatre Awards 2015 – the only awards to honour outstanding achievement in performing, producing and management in theatres throughout the United Kingdom. Gypsy takes home prizes for Best Musical and Best Performance in a Musical for Imelda Staunton, while special awards are given to actress Imelda Staunton and director-choreographer Matthew Bourne.