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"Could you Kill Someone Billy? I mean really, could you? What if they asked you to?"


Provocative. Moving. Beautiful. Following the success of 5 star runs in London and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, ‘Killing Roger’ returns as part of a national tour. Using stunning life-sized puppetry and original live music, this new play raises one of the most important questions of our generation in a moving and humorous tale of an old man and a boy at opposite end of their lives.


As the memories of Roger's life unfold before us, Billy's troubled mind faces an unexpected question. Can the boy become a man and make a decision that will change both of their lives forever?

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"Extraordinaary... something both magnificent and terrible: an uncompromising, visceral representation of what assisted dying actually means.”

Fringe Guru

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"The beautiful script, phenomenal puppetry, and stunning live music make this an incredible piece of theatre."

Three Weeks


"Roger the puppet takes on a life of his own and brings a touching humanity to a controversial subject."

The  Evening Standard

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"… an intensely moving, provocative and inspiring hour of drama.  If you have a chance to see any of Sparkle and Dark theatre works go ..."

Culture Fly

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"...two outstanding, nuanced and sensitive performances from both our lead characters ensure this piece captivates the audience and tugs at the heart strings”

One Stop Arts

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"… touching, shocking and visually stunning... presents puppetry in a new, challenging and refreshing light.”

Broadway Baby

2013 - 2014 TOUR

12th - 13th  March 2013    Little Angel's FIRSTS Festival   London


21st  July 2013    MIMETIC Festival   Enfield


August 2013    Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe   Scotland


6th Septmber 2013    Bristol Puppetry Festival   Bristol


1st-3rd November 2013   SUSPENSE Puppetry Festival, The Pleasance    London


23rd January 2014, 7:30pm   Bedales Olivier Theatre   Petersfeild


24th January 2014, 7:30pm   The Gulbenkan   Canterbury


31st January 2014, 8pm   Prema Arts Centre   Gloucester


23rd April 2014, 1:30pm & 8pm   Hat Factory  Luton


24th April 2014, 8pm  Fire Station Arts Centre  Windsor


25th April 2014, 8pm   Chelmsford Cramphorn Theatre  Chelmsford


15th May 2014, 7:30pm   The Dukes   Lancaster


17th - 19th May 2014   Warren, Brighton Fringe Festival   Brighton

17th - 18th 5:45pm - Show

19th 5:30pm-  'Art and the End of Life: A Sparkle and Dark Symposium'         7pm - Show


2nd - 5th June 2014, 7:45pm   The Pleasance  Islington, London


7th June 2014, 7:30pm   Create   Mansfield


9th June 2014, 8pm   South Hill Arts   Bracknell


10th June 2014 7:30pm  Jersey Arts Centre   Jersey


12th June 2014, 7:30pm   The Courtyard Hereford


13th June 2014, 8pm   The Lowry  Salford


14th June 2014, 7:30pm   Square Chapel Arts  Halifax, Yorkshire


16th - 17th June 8pm Greenwich Theatre,  London

17th 5:30pm-7pm 'Assisted Dying Debate'


24th June 2014, 11am & 7:30pm   Portsmouth Festivities  Portsmouth

Supported by

Killing Roger was supported by the Wellcome Trust People Award. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust's breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.


"Brutal, beautiful, intelligent and important. Theatre at it's best, thank you!"


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Killing Roger

"Incredible. Utterly beautiful and full of the glories of life. Thank you so much"


Audience Comment

Killing Roger

"Excellent! Stunning! Thanks for reminding what is possible with a great story & wonderful vision. "


Audience Comment

Killing Roger

"A truly stunning piece of theatre. I was not expecting such a cathartic experience before lunch!"


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Killing Roger

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