The House Never Wins

Date:Thu 22 Oct
Time:7pm & 9pm
Venue:Online Event
Price:Pay What You Feel tickets from £7.50

We could all do with a distraction. Take a seat at the table, get ready to play.  

(There’s a real cash prize at stake.) The House is on fire. 

The House Never Wins by Kill The Cat Theatre invites you to play what seems to be a simple game of blackjack in the casino called “The House”. However, there’s a catch. Whilst trying to pit your luck against the dealer, you also must keep The House alive. Interacting through game play on Zoom, and with WhatsApp pinging you visual messages, surveys and puzzles, can you work together to keep The House afloat, or will the lure of a real cash prize be too much to resist? The House Never Wins is a fun, engaging and thought-provoking evening which reminds us of the importance of working together to keep our planet alive

A new interactive game theatre piece that you can play from the comfort of your own home. Exploring the climate crisis, self-isolation and gambling with the planet’s future. 

 

Performance takes place on Zoom. This is organised by Kill The Cat and completely controlled by them – those taking part will get joining information upon signing up.

Kill The Cat will communicate with audience members through Zoom & Whatsapp and will ask audience for their mobile and email information. This information will be immediately deleted after the show and will not be stored and is clearly stated in the introduction pack.

Booking closes at 5pm on the day of the show.

‘Far more than alternative lockdown entertainment, The House Never Wins paves the way for an exciting new wave of immersive theatre with three intrinsic hallmarks of the medium; easy access, effortless execution and essential evocation.’ London Theatre Reviews ★★★★

‘[one of] a few companies [who] make strong cases for theater in its digital form...A game, an allegory, a screed and an exercise in behavioural economics... your group may ultimately play for a cash prize, but ours managed to destroy the casino (the planet?) well before the final round' New York Times

‘Kill The Cat has embraced all kinds of technology in this live show, proving that immersive theatre has a future on digital platforms. With the added jeopardy of busting or being beaten by the dealer, The House Never Wins is an exciting 80 minutes. You might win, however, but at what cost to the earth?’ Reviews Hub ★★★★

‘the best interactive/online virtual experience I’ve seen since lockdown’ With in Her Words ★★★★

Booking closes at 5pm on the day of the show.

Recommended for ages 16+

 

Production Information

Performance takes place on Zoom. This is organised by Kill The Cat and completely controlled by them – those taking part will get joining information upon signing up.

Kill The Cat will communicate with audience members through Zoom & Whatsapp and will ask audience for their mobile and email information. This information will be immediately deleted after the show and will not be stored and is clearly stated in the introduction pack.

Originally commissioned by Upstart Theatre as part of DARE Festival 2019.  Supported by Arts Council England, Shoreditch Town Hall, Camden People's Theatre, Ovalhouse and Maketank. 

Created by Dylan Frankland & Madeleine Allardice

Performed by Madeleine Allardice

Producer: Turtle Key Arts

Set and Costume Design: Erin Guan

Trailer: Michael Lynch

Poster Design: Keir Cooper

 

About Kill The Cat

Kill The Cat is a collaboration between theatre makers Dylan Frankland and Madeleine Allardice. Makers of bold interactive theatre described as having the ability ‘to start a new movement in theatre’ (PRSD). Their work explores difficult social issues such as mental health; loneliness; climate crisis in inventive ways. Their debut show A Pint Sized Conversation, explored what it is to care for someone with depression, after an ACE funded tour, continues to tour the UK now. 

Awarded the Bikeshed Theatre Graduate residency in 2016, Kill The Cat have received mentorship in their practice from award winning live art due Nigel Barret and Louise Mari, internationally acclaimed opera director Sophie Hunter, and Tom Mansfield Artistic Director of interactive game theatre makers Upstart Theatre. With additional support provided by The Hall for Cornwall, Feast Cornwall, The University of Exeter, Exeter Phoenix, Theatre Deli, intoBodmin and Cornwall Council.

“Totally human, and raw, and urgently, desperately necessary” ★★★★★ – Upper Circle 

★★★★★ – London Theatre 1

 

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