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NATIONAL THEATRE WALES ANNOUNCE FULLY INTERACTIVE ONLINE AND LIVE PRODUCTION National Theatre Wales’ next production, Bordergame, will be a fully interactive theatre game of two halves…

The Autonomous Republic of Cymru is an independent state operating a points-based migration system. Its borders have come under increasing pressure, recently - its health and education systems are still free, and there is plenty of work for skilled workers. A recent outbreak of TB in the Royal United Kingdom of New Britain and Northern Ireland (or NewK) has forced the issue to breaking point.

Live Bordergame players will attempt, illegally, to cross the border from Bristol into Newport, without arousing the suspicions of the Border Agency of the Autonomous Republic of Cymru (BAARC). Meanwhile, online players will register as Active Citizens of the Autonomous Republic, watch the live players’ journeys, manipulate their experiences and even determine their fate.

Are you game?

Bordergame, which is co-created by artists John Norton and Matthew Wright, is inspired partly by the UK Citizenship test, and has been developed in consultation with refugees and asylum seekers now living in south Wales.

John Norton, said: "I was first inspired to create a production on these themes in 1991, when my next-door neighbour in Manchester saved me from a particularly dangerous mugger by threatening him with a can of CS gas. My neighbour's name was Vadim. He was an undocumented migrant from Belarus, and he worked in a kebab shop. His boss was forever trying to exploit his lack of documents to not pay him. We drank a lot of vodka together. 

"Years later, I found myself in Cardiff and had a vision of Welsh Customs officers asking people coming from England for their papers. I had a conversation with National Theatre Wales, and then began to work on a pilot project with refugees and asylum seekers who found themselves in Cardiff. From those conversations came Bordergame. 

"Asylum cases are judged the world over by the stories the travellers tell about themselves. It seems that it's not as important that the story is true as it is important that the listener believes it is true - which is the same as in theatre."

Earlier this year, Bordergame won the inaugural Space Prize – a new, biennial £20,000 digital theatre award presented by The Space and BBC Writersroom to encourage theatres across the United Kingdom to create a unique theatrical experience that will be shown on The Space website.

The full production is now co-commissioned by The Space, with additional investment.

Director and co-creator John Norton is founder and Artistic Director of Give It A Name Theatre: a Cardiff based company making located, immersive and critically engaged theatre. He divides his time between acting, producing, directing, and music. A DJ for over 20 years, he has warmed up for Gil Scott Heron and had music played on Radio 1. In 2013, he was awarded a Creative Wales Award for sound research and the BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship. He has recently directed work for Theatr Ffynnon, NTW TEAM, Forest Fringe, and Motiroti. He began exploring the online world in 2001, with a storytelling/audio project recorded in UK, Spain, Mali and Burkina Faso. He lived and worked in France and Spain before migrating to Cardiff in 2002.

Digital designer and co-creator Matthew Wright is a graphic designer and illustrator, with a background in animation and motion graphics. Based in Bristol, but working on both sides of the border, Matt has designed and scribbled for the likes of the BBC, Shambala Festival, Give It A Name Theatre, Bombastic Dance and the band Kasabian. He has also enjoyed teaching roles in website design (Ffotogallery Cardiff) and as a visiting lecturer in Games Design and Animation (BA) at the University of South Wales. Matthew also enjoys sound design and music creation, and has composed with John Norton on numerous theatre productions. Their collaborations have also been played on Radio One and 1Xtra.

The cast is to be announced.

Listings Information

National Theatre Wales and The Space present
Conceived by John Norton and Matthew Wright

Directed by John Norton

Digital design by Matthew Wright

Associate Producer: Alison John
Designer: Jean Chan
Creative Technologist: Tom Martin
Performance Dates:
5th-21st November (excluding Sundays)
Performance Times:
Mon-Fri, 6pm and 8pm
Sat, 5pm and 6.30pm

Live Players

Covert locations between Bristol and Newport

Box Office:
By phone: 029 2063 6464
Ticket Prices: £16.50, £14 conc (Please note: The ticket price does not include travel. Audiences will need to purchase a train ticket to travel between Bristol and Newport for the performance.)

Recommended for ages 18+
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