"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.”
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"The beautiful script, phenomenal puppetry, and stunning live music make this an incredible piece of theatre."
"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 ..."
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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.”
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
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!"
"Incredible. Utterly beautiful and full of the glories of life. Thank you so much"
"Excellent! Stunning! Thanks for reminding what is possible with a great story & wonderful vision. "
"A truly stunning piece of theatre. I was not expecting such a cathartic experience before lunch!"