Jeux de Massacre

a cyberformance adaptation of Ionesco's plague play
15 July 2020
11am UK time
Ionesco's plague play brought up-to-date with current crises and technologies.


In 1970, absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco wrote Jeux de Massacre (known in English as The Killing Game or Here Comes a Chopper) – a dark comedy in which the plague ravages a small town and everyone dies. As a new pandemic overwhelms the globe and people rush to isolation and internet communication, it seems appropriate and timely to translate this work from the stage to cyberspace. Christina Papagiannouli (UK/Greece) has teamed up with Clara Gomes (Portugal), Helen Varley Jamieson (Germany/Aotearoa NZ), Miljana Perić (Serbia) and Vicki Smith (Aotearoa NZ) to produce Jeux de Massacre in UpStage and adapt it to current crises.

Jeux de Massacre will be performed at the Network Music Festival on 15 July 2020 at 11am UK time. Find your local time here.

The venue is UpStage, and there will be a live link to the stage on the UpStage website on the day of the performance. UpStage does NOT work on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, you must use a browser on a laptop or desktop computer. You may also need to manually allow Flash in your browser – see this page for information on how to manually enable Flash. We are working on a new platform that will overcome these access problems!

Jeux de Masscre

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