People Vs Democracy
A live action game about Power, produced in partnership with Article 19 and Free Word
30th April - 22nd May, 2015 | The Free Word Centre, London
This game starts with a provocative premise: that democracy is broken and elections don’t express the will of the people.
People Vs Democracy frames the Westminster electoral process in the context of the broader power structures of the UK including economic powerhouses, mainstream media outlets, inherited wealth and trade unions. By considering popular politics in a game format, this game poses penetrating questions about how people-power actually works, providing a playful forum in which participants have the creative freedom to develop their own thinking about power and the political system of this country.
“The recent national election, with its long-anticipated, but ultimately incorrect, close outcome, has produced more than the usual number of dramatic commentaries; but it would be hard to find one more unusual and ultimately, more grown-up and thought-provoking, than The People Vs Democracy. Though some would not regard it as drama at all, for me it offered the most compelling indirect reflection on the current state of our politics of any of the current crop of plays looking at the state of the country. All credit to Jamie Harper and his ebullient, energetic team for a superb evening of thought-provoking fun.”
“If you’re the kind of audience member who freezes in terror when some masterful character looks as if his eye is landing on you as the perfect volunteer for some assistance on stage, you might not make it past the door of the Free Word Building in Farringdon for an evening of People vs Democracy. Banish the siren voices and go on in...the reality is enlightening, engaging, enormous fun and, for its duration and beyond, immensely important.”
Director / Game Designer: Jamie Harper
Producer / Visual Designer: Bern Roche Farrelly
Production Manager: Cassandra Fumi
Sound Designer: Josh Richardson
Actors: Hayley Adams, Komal Amin, James Barbour, Fran Burgoyne, Keir Carroll, Susanna Fiore