We are grateful to have received support from Creative Scotland to host a development week for Playthrough, written by Kenny Boyle and directed by Ben Harrison. We presented two work-in-progress sharings at Summerhall in Edinburgh in October 2017 to invited guests from the theatre and video game industries.
Playthrough will receive its world premiere at Play Pie Pint in October – November 2023 // https://playpiepint.com/plays/playthrough/
‘You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?’
In 1989, Killswitch was released in Soviet Russia and became the most legendarily haunted video game of all time. You played as either a young girl or an invisible demon. Finishing the game as the girl, the easier route, immediately erased that copy forever. The only person to allegedly play through the game as the demon has never been seen again, nor has the game.
Until now. Biggs and Wedge will play through the last remaining copy of the game in front of you, our live audience. By delving into other legends of haunted video games along the way, Playthrough provides campfire ghost stories for the digital age with humour that belies its darker commentaries.
Cast for the Sharings
Biggs // Kenny Boyle
Wedge // Karen Bartke
Performer // Tyler Collins
Creative Team for the Sharings
Writer // Kenny Boyle
Director // Ben Harrison
Assistant Director // David Wood
Video Designer // Tim Reid
Lighting Designer and Technical Stage Manager // Jonny Reed
Photography and graphic design // Mihaela Bodlovic
The script has been written with mentoring support from Rob Drummond