Silk Road

“How is it delivered? That’s the best bit! Royal Mail. Postman Pat brings your smack to your door with a smile and his black and white cat is none the wiser”

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.

Prompted by the arrest in October 2013 of the alleged owner of Silk Road, and the first play ever to be funded by bitcoin, Bruntwood-longlisted playwright and OVNV alumnus Alex Oates’s play is a biting black comedy about how simple it is not only to buy, but also sell drugs online. Directed by Dominic Shaw.

1hr 00m
The Vaults
24 — 28 Jan 18:15
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About the company

Byker Grove meets Breaking Bad in five-star one-man show.

Alex Oates writer
Alex is a writer, based in London, and has been shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize.

Theatre includes: Rules for Being a Man (All In Productions, UK Tour); All in a Row (reading, Bolton Octagon – winner of Top 5 Season); Mutations (rehearsed reading, Pleasance Islington); Pig (commission in association with Hull Truck, New Diorama, Marlowe Canterbury and ACE); Hansel (Assemble Fest, Hull); Silk Road (Assembly, Edinburgh); People Will See Me and Cry (The Story Project, Arcola); Fan Fiction (rehearsed reading, St James); Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear (Parker, New York); Time Warner Ignite (Old Vic Tunnels); Zombie Nation (24 Hour Plays, Old Vic).

Film and television includes: Match Not Found (Bytesized Entertainment, web series); The To-Do List (pilot, BBC Three Comedy); North vs South (BBC Comedy North, pilot); Eastenders E20 (staff writer).

Dominic Shaw director
Dominic grew up in Jersey C.I. and trained at Performers College, Essex.

As Director: A Memory For Forgetting (Arcola); Bubonic (Workshop ATG), Thoroughly Modern Millie (GSA); Catch Me If You Can (Workshop, ATG); Avenue Q (GSA); Silk Road (Assembly, Edinburgh); Get Got (C too, Edinburgh); Fan Fiction (Reading, The Other Palace); Forthcoming: Next Door (White Bear); and Thirteen Days (Other Palace).

As Associate Director: Kinky Boots (Adelphi); Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy/UK Tour); and Legally Blonde (Savoy/UK Tour/Australia/Vienna).

Staging for television: Olivier Awards 2016 (Kinky Boots), 2015 (Beautiful), and 2011 (Legally Blonde); GStarRAW 2013 advertising campaign (Rankin Photography); News Years Eve Live 2012 (Sydney); Comic Relief 2008 (Hairspray); Tonight’s The Night (ITV).

Dominic Shaw is a guest teacher at GSA, The Arts Educational School, and The London Stage School.

Performing credits include: Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (Original German Cast); Saturday Night Fever (Capitol Theatre, Dusseldorf); Wicked (Original London Cast); Hairspray (Original London Cast); The Royal Variety Performance (2006/2007).

Shrapnel Theatre is a London-based theatre company run by producer Paul Virides working primarily Off West End. Previous productions include Underground (VAULT 2016 and 59E59 Theaters, off-Broadway), The Litterati (VAULT 2017), The D-List (Underbelly), Get Your Sh*t Together (Landor), The Remnants (Above the Arts and C venues), Jim Cartwright’s Two (Above the Arts).

Press & Reviews

The Festival Journal

‘The story struck the perfect balance between humour and tragedy. Relationships, stereotypes, and tropes are all played for laughs, whilst difficulty, unfairness, cruelness, and absurdity are all treated with genuine pathos and humanity.’

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The PostScript Journal

'The show is elegant and well-composed, but with an honest, unpretentious charm, and is an absolute must-see for this festival.'

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Fringe Guru

‘It’s a long time since I have been quite so enthralled by a piece of theatre. But enthralled I was by this. It succeeded where other shows have so often failed.’

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The Public Reviews

'This is new writing at its best, well-staged and brilliantly acted, if only more festival shows were like this.'

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Broadway Baby

'Through the vivid personal experience of Bruce Blakemore, the faceless Silk Road is humanised.'

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Three Weeks

'Gritty and very well written by Old Vic New Voices playwright Alex Oates, ‘Silk Road’ is the best thing to come from its namesake.'

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