Silk Road

In May 2021, during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachael directed Silk Road by Alex Oates for Live Stream from The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol.

Designed by Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng, the piece featured projection heavily in its design.

About Silk Road

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.

‘Thing about Silk Road is freedom’

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.

The piece starred Dewi Wykes as Bruce and all additional characters in Alex Oates’ one man coming-of-age story.

Praise for Silk Road

Silk Road: How To Buy Drugs Online ☆☆☆☆

Rachael Walsh’s production allows Wykes to sketch in each of these characters and add heart to them giving them a life beyond caricature. Paced with a hand firmly on the tiller, her production builds and builds to something like an operatic aria as the flame is lit.

– Kris Hallett

All images by Craig Fuller