Game of Life
5th-22nd September 2012, The Yard
An old man burns what's left of his past. A woman tips her husband's ashes into the sea. A young coupl watch fireflies flash in sync. In a chaotic mess of physical and virtual collisions, Isabel sets out to understand the relationship between thoughts and feelings and life and death.
Enter into a world of interacting rules and patterns, where city lights and constellations blink on and off like neurons firing in the brain. Game of Life weaves a web of stories that discover the ripple effect we have on those around us and the patterns in life that are only visible when we zoom out. Through millions of tiny choices we make in our search for meaning, a curious spontaneous order emerges.
Game of Life is inspired by the mathematical phenomenon of 'emergence' - the collective intelligence of ungoverned swarms. From the individual cells in our brains, to the cities we live in, to the cast communities we form online, emergence is a driving force in our lives
Game of Life was developed with support of East 15 Acting School and the National Theatre Studio and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
"A well-researched, cleverly constructed and superbly acted out piece... a rather innovative and magical piece of theatre"
"It's a remarkable piece of scripting. 'Game of Life' is played at a whirlwind pace and has some really meaty moments - explosive emotional crescendos... You really have no excuse to not go and see this superb new play at one of London's quirkiest fringe venues"
"...an exceptional script... weaves together complex and intricate ideas about mathematics, free will, autism, God and what it means to struggle with our feelings."
"A brilliantly constructed and performed piece of theatre"
- Created by Russell Bender and Rose Lewenstein
- Written by Rose Lewenstein
- Directed by Russell Bender