Following critically acclaimed performances at the Vaults and making history in 2014 as the first show ever funded by the crypto currency, Bitcoin, Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) is a pitch-black comedy which captures the sinister beauty of the anarchic “Dark Web.”
Directed by Dominic Shaw, Josh Barrow stars in Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) as 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. Join a host of unforgettable characters in this rollercoaster of emotion and pitch-black comedy for the Bitcoin generation.
Inspired by interviews with real online drug vendors, Alex Oates (BBC3, Eastenders E20, Old Vic New Voices) has written this urgent new piece about the freedoms and dangers of an unrestricted “Dark-Web” – and its impact on a teenager finding his way in the world.
Following a call-out on the real Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) forums for contributions to the original production’s crowd funding campaign, an anonymous donor donated two Bitcoin. Playwright Alex Oates reinvested the Bitcoin and through this funded runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, VAULT Festival and Live Theatre, Newcastle.
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.
Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) is a timely, telling tale for the modern generation.