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Stage Editorial

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Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online) is, as its sub-heading kind of hints at, a biting black comedy about buying (and selling) drugs online. It’s at Live Theatre in early February.

Perhaps, fittingly, Silk Road was the first play to be funded entirely by bitcoin. It tells the story of Bruce, a young Geordie tech-head living with his nan, who is the unlikeliest international criminal mastermind you can imagine. He gets sucked into an underworld dark web of new-age pirates, local gangsters and, ahem, tea-cosies. The production was inspired by the arrest in October 2013 of the alleged founder of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, whose two and a half life sentences have been repeatedly challenged but to avail. It premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since went on to win handfuls of five star notices wherever it has played. Final word to Bruce: “How is it delivered? That’s the best bit! Royal Mail. Postman Pat brings your smack to your door with a smile and his black and white cat is none the wiser.”

Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online), Thursday 1 & Friday 2 February, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £10-£14 (concs. from £6). live.org.uk