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Josh Barrow in Silk Road (Photo: Nick Rutter)

Josh Barrow in Silk Road (Photo: Nick Rutter)

Bitcoin-funded production comes to Trafalgar Studios

Published 18 June 2018

Alex Oates’ Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) will return to Trafalgar Studios in August in a production funded through the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Inspired by interviews with real online drug vendors, Oates’ piece is about the freedoms and danger of an unrestricted Dark Web and its impact on a teenager finding his way in the world.

Alex Oates said today, “Back in 2014 Bitcoin was a bit of a novelty so I couldn’t be more thrilled that Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online), which was initially made possible through an anonymous donation of Bitcoin, is back with a run at Trafalgar Studios this summer.

“It seems clear that Bitcoin is here to stay and it was a great honour to be the first play funded by cryptocurrency – it undoubtedly won’t be the last.”

Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) follows Bruce Blakemore, a struggling young Geordie tech-head and the unlikeliest international criminal mastermind you can imagine. From his base in Whitley Bay, Bruce and his Nan will find themselves sucked into an Underworld Wide Web of new-age pirates, local gangsters and tea-cosies.

Josh Barrow returns to play Bruce Blakemore. He is a member of the National Youth Theatre with credits including Zigger Zagger (Wilton’s Music Hall) and has worked on the Royal Court Theatre’s Open Court Project 2016. He is also TriForce’s Monologue Slam National Champion 2017.

The show will play at Trafalgar Studio 2 from 7 August to 1 September. Tickets can be booked through the venue’s website.


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