Sherman Theatre and Royal Court Theatre



24 Mar - 8 Apr
Previews: 24 - 27 Mar


Previews: £14
Under 25s half price
Concessions £2 off

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World Premiere

By Gary Owen
Director Rachel O'Riordan
Designer Gary McCann


Warning: Contains strong language and adult themes

Running time: two hours, ten minutes including 20 minute interval

Royal Court Theatre
25 May - 24 June

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

The multi-award winning combination that created Iphigenia in Splott; Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan and Associate Artist, Gary Owen, return in Killology; a new play and co-production with the Royal Court Theatre, London.

A controversial new gaming experience 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.

“You can't tell your mum the streets are full of psychos and it's pure fluke you get home alive every night.”

  • UK Theatre Award for Best New Play (Gary Owen, Iphigenia in Splott)
  • James Tait Black Prize for Drama (Gary Owen, Iphigenia in Splott)

Show Times

Friday 24 7.30pm Preview
Saturday 25 7.30pm Preview
Monday 27 7.30pm Preview (Sold Out)
Tuesday 28 7.00pm (Sold Out)
Wednesday 29 7.30pm (Sold Out)
Thursday 30 7.30pm POST-SHOW TALK (Sold Out)
Friday 31 7.30pm CAPTIONED
Saturday 1 7.30pm (Sold Out)
Monday 3 7.30pm  
Tuesday 4 7.30pm POST-SHOW TALK (Sold Out)
Wednesday 5 7.30pm (Sold Out)
Thursday 6 7.30pm (Sold Out)
Friday 7 7.30pm  
Saturday 8 7.30pm  


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Cast & Team


By Gary Owen

Director Rachel O'Riordan

Designer Gary McCann

Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy

Composer and Sound Designer Simon Slater

Sound Sam Jones



Sean Gleeson

Seán Gleeson

For the Royal Court: The Weir.
Other theatre includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National/West End); Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National); The Contractor (Oxford Stage Company); In Celebration (Everyman, Chichester); Molly Sweeney (Bristol Old Vic); Aristocrats (Chichester Festival).
Television includes: Midsomer Murders, The Café, Public Enemies, Casualty, Doctors, Dalziel & Pascoe, Burnside, Holby City, Safe House, EastEnders, Underworld.
Film includes: The Last Witness, Cold Mountain, First Knight.

Sean also directs for TV and Film



Richard Mylan

Richard Mylan

Theatre includes: The Believers, Things I Know to be True, Peep Show (Frantic Assembly); Starlight Express (West End); How I Helped Out Communism (Lowry); Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Paines Plough); Badfinger (Donmar).
Television includes: Marked, Byw Celwydd, Agatha Raisin, Waterloo Road, Casualty, Doctors, Grown Ups, My Family, Where the Heart Is, Belonging, No Angels, Coupling, Bad Girls, Wild West, Score, Doctors, A&E, The Bill, Border Café, Silent Witness.
Films include: Don’t Knock Twice, City Rats, Upside of Anger, Love Peace & Pancake, Checkout Girl, Snarl Up, Dead on Time, The Wisdom of Crocodiles.
Radio includes: Look Who’s Back, A Taste of Honey.


Sion Daniel Young

Sion Daniel Young

For Sherman Theatre: Llwyth
Other theatre includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National /West End), Mametz, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, House of America (National Theatre Wales); War Horse (National/West End); The Welsh Boy (Theatre Royal, Bath).
Television includes: Hinterland, Our World War, Casualty, Gwaith Cartref.
Film includes: Another Me, Private Peaceful, Daisy Chain.
Radio includes: Hoshiko, Inside Information, Dolls Tea Set, Inside Information, Bisgits a balaclafas.



GARY OWEN (Sherman Associate Artist: Writer)

For Sherman Theatre: Iphigenia in Splott (& National/ UK Tour/ International Tour), Love Steals Us From Loneliness (& National Theatre Wales), Amgen/Broken, A Christmas Carol

For the Royal Court: Violence & Son.

Other theatre includes:  We That Are Left, Mrs Reynolds & the Ruffian, Perfect Match (Watford Palace); Free Folk (Forest Forge); The Shadow of a Boy, Big Hopes (National); Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (& Paines Plough), Ghost City (Sgript Cymru); In the Pipeline (& Òran Mór), The Drowned World (Paines Plough); Cancer Time (503); Sk8 (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Blackthorn (Clywd Theatr Cymru); Mary Twice (Bridgend Youth); Bulletproof (Replay, Belfast); La Ronde, Spring Awakening (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama).

Television includes: Baker Boys (co-writer).

Awards include:

  • Meyer Whitworth Award, The Shadow of a Boy;
  • George Devine Award, The Shadow of a Boy;
  • Fringe First Award, The Drowned World;
  • Pearson Best Play Award, The Drowned World;
  • UK Theatre Award for Best New Play, Iphigenia in Splott;
  • James Tait Black Prize for Drama, Iphigenia in Splott;

Gary is Associate Artist: Writer at Sherman Theatre and is a Creative Associate at Watford Palace Theatre.



Rachel is the Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre.

For Sherman Theatre: The Weir (& Tobacco Factory Theatres), Bird (& Royal Exchange Theatre), The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, A Doll’s House, Iphigenia in Splott (transfer to The National / UK Tour / International tour), Romeo & Juliet, Arabian Nights.

Other Theatre includes: Macbeth (& Tron), The Seafarer (& Lyric, Belfast), The Odd Couple - Female Version, Moonlight & Magnolias, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Twelfth Night (Perth); Unfaithful (Traverse); The Absence of Women (Tricycle); Hurricane (West End/Off-Broadway); Everything Is Illuminated (Hampstead); Miss Julie, Animal Farm (Peter Hall Company/Theatre Royal, Bath); Absolution (Guna Nua/First Irish Festival NY); Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Merry Christmas Betty Ford (Lyric, Belfast); A Christmas Carol, Gates of Gold, Grimm Tales (Library, Manchester); Over the Bridge (Green Shoot/Waterfront Hall, Belfast); Protestants (Soho); Arguments for Terrorism, Cold Turkey at Nana’s (Òran Mór).

Opera includes: NI5 (Northern Ireland Opera/MAC, Belfast).

Awards include:

  • Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Director, The Seafarer;
  • First Irish Theatre Festival Award for Best Director, Absolution;

Rachel was formerly Artistic Director at Perth Theatre.

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