LIVE STREAM: Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online) | Kyoto

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Directors' Playground is a season of double bills of contemporary theatre presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's graduating directors:
Silk Road | Kyoto - LIVE STREAM (6 May) - VIDEO ON-DEMAND (12-14 May)
I Hate Alone | Katie Johnstone - LIVE STREAM (7 May) - VIDEO ON-DEMAND (13-15 May)
Chef | Toy Plastic Chicken - LIVE STREAM (8 May) - VIDEO ON-DEMAND (14-16 May)

Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online)

Written by Alex Oates | Directed by Rachael Walsh | Designed by Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng

‘Pirates these days, not what they used to be, eh?’

Bruce is a loveable nineteen year old tech nerd who lives with his nan and has never had a proper girlfriend. When the girl of his dreams drifts out of his periphery and slap bang into his orbit, it sets Bruce off on a path to discovering Silk Road and how to buy drugs online.

This sharp, one man coming-of age-story explodes with a variety of larger than life characters, including Bruce’s typical Geordie matriarch nan, sleazy local gangsters and bouncers with a penchant for amateur dramatics, all whilst on a quest to make a mark on his corner of the dark web. Live streamed from The Wardrobe Theatre, buckle in for 50 minutes fuelled by pure cocaine, ABBA and tea cosies.


Written by David Greig | Directed by Hope Thain | Designed by Cat Fuller

‘The world was in the way.’

Lucy and Dan finally find themselves in a hotel room. For ten years, they have lived for the climate conferences that would bring them together, waiting for the perfect moment to start their affair. Their careers progress and their families expand, and so, this never happens. Until tonight.

With just one night left at the conference and a decade of missed opportunities spurring them on, they decide tonight is the night. What they expect to be a passion fuelled night, soon derails as the conversation runs away from them and bounces from sex, to world order, to the ice slowly melting as the world heats up.

Lit only by moonlight, and driven by achingly beautiful language, Kyoto binds the grief of Lucy and Dan’s unmet expectations with their grief for climate change, as the two stumble around in the dark, trying to find their way back to each other.


After purchasing a ticket, you will receive an email with a unique link to watch the live stream of the show, starting at 7pm on Thursday 6th May 2021. The show is available to view once only. You will not be able to pause, rewind or fast forward and you will not be able to watch the show from the beginning if you tune in late. Your link to watch the show is useable on 1 device of your choice. It is a unique link and once used on your device of choice, it will not work on any other device. For full details of how this live stream works and what you need to access it, please click here. If you have any problems during the live stream, please email

Silk Road photo by Agung Raharja on Unsplash

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)


Suitable for ages 14+