Sherman Theatre and Royal Court Theatre
Written by Gary Owen
Directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Friday 24 March – Saturday 8 April, 7.30pm
Press Performance – Tuesday 28 March, 7.00pm
Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Thursday 25 May 2017 – Saturday 24 June 2017
Press Performance - Tuesday 30 May, 7.00pm
The Sherman Theatre and Royal Court Theatre are reuniting the multi-award winning combination that created Iphigenia in Splott, director Rachel O’Riordan and Associate Artist: Writer, Gary Owen, for Killology, the first co-production between a Welsh producing house and the Royal Court Theatre, London.
Iphigenia in Splott received the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play 2015, the James Tait Black Prize and the Stage Award for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and is currently nominated for the Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress for Sophie Melville’s portrayal of Effie.
The awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Old Vic on 13 November, co-hosted by Evgeny Lebedev (Evening Standard) and Sir Elton John. Sophie Melville is nominated alongside Noma Dumezweni, starring in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Helen McCrory in The Deep Blue Sea at The National; and Billie Piper who played Yerma at the Young Vic.
“The breadth of talent recognised in this year’s shortlist is astonishing and spans London’s diverse and superior theatre offering. It’s unsurprising that we’re the envy of the globe with generations of fantastic performers, writers and the finest in innovative productions.” Evgeny Lebedev
Killology goes on sale on Monday 31 October, as part of the Royal Court Theatre’s season announcement and has its World Premiere at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 24 March – 8 April.
“You can't tell your mum the streets are full of psychos and it's pure fluke you get home alive every night.”
Killology is about a controversial new gaming experience that is inspiring a generation. In Killology, players are rewarded for torturing victims, scoring points for "creativity".
But Killology isn't sick. In fact it’s marketed by its millionaire creator as a deeply moral experience. Because yes, you can live out your darkest fantasies, but you don’t escape their consequences. Out on the streets, not everybody agrees with him.
“There is an instinctive revulsion against taking a human life. And that revulsion can be conquered.”
The Sherman Theatre continues its run of high quality theatre co-productions following the success of: Love, Lies and Taxidermy, with Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd; The Weir, with Tobacco Factory Theatres; The Hunting of The Snark with RGM Productions; Bird, with Royal Exchange Theatre; the transfer of Iphigenia in Splott to the National Theatre; and its four, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, co-productions with Oran Mor. Rachel O’Riordan Artistic Director Sherman Theatre comments;
“I am delighted to be co-producing this extraordinary new play by Gary Owen with the Royal Court. Last year, both the Royal Court and the Sherman Theatre produced exciting new work by Gary Owen; Violence and Son and Iphigenia in Splott respectively. This year, we unite to present his bold and moving Killology. This is the first co-production between a Welsh producing house and the new writing powerhouse that is the Royal Court, and we are very proud that the Sherman is working with Vicky Featherstone and her team on this play from one of Wales’ finest writers.”
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic DirectorRoyal Court Theatre adds;
“It is wonderful to have Gary Owen back here too in a co-production with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff directed by Rachel O’Riordan. I directed Gary’s first and second plays at Paines Plough and am so pleased he is finally getting the recognition he deserves as one of the leading voices of our nation.”
Killology is the latest brutal and bruising script from Gary Owen who is quickly becoming one of the leading playwrights in the UK. He has picked up awards including; UK Theatre Award for Best New Play and James Tait Black Prize for Drama (Iphigenia in Splott); Meyer Whitworth Award & George Devine Award (The Shadow of a Boy); Fringe First Award & Pearson Best Play Award (The Drowned World). In this latest script Owen tackles the issues of the effects of computer game and internet violence in society alongside the heart breaking struggles of regret and responsibility of being a father and a son.
The World Premiere of Killology will be at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff 24 March – 8 April, before a four week run at Royal Court Theatre in London, 25 May – 24 June.
To book tickets please go to SHERMANTHEATRE.CO.UK | 029 2064 6900 (On sale - 31 October) or ROYALCOURTTHEATRE.COM | 020 7565 5000 (On sale - 4 November)