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6 - 21 November
Covert Locations Between Bristol and Newport and Online


National Theatre Wales & The Space

Conceived by John Norton and Matthew Wright
Directed by John Norton
Digital design by Matthew Wright

The Autonomous Republic of Cymru is an independent state operating a points-based migration system. Its borders have come under increasing pressure, recently - its health and education systems are still free, and there is plenty of work for skilled workers. An outbreak of TB in the Royal United Kingdom of New Britain and Northern Ireland (or NewK) has forced the issue to breaking point. 

Life is no longer safe in the NewK, and Bristol has become the epicentre for illegal migration and a gateway to security and prosperity in the Autonomous Republic of Cymru.

Bordergame offers its players a safe haven from the perils of their old lives. All they have to do is make it from Bristol to Newport, without arousing the suspicions of the Border Agency of the Autonomous Republic of Cymru (BAARC) and its online, volunteer army of Active Citizens. 

Are you game?

Find out more HERE

Scroll down for more information about how to become a live or online player.

Earlier this year, Bordergame won the inaugural Space Prize – a new, biennial £20,000 digital theatre award presented by The Space and BBC Writersroom to encourage theatres across the United Kingdom to create a unique theatrical experience that will be shown on The Space website 

Tickets £16.50 (£17.50)*
Concessions £14.00 (£15.00)*



Online Players

Online players of Bordergame will sign up to the Active Citizen Programme of the Border Agency of the Autonomous Republic of Cymru (BAARC).

An Active Citizen's role is to help protect the nation by monitoring the borders between NewK and The Autonomous Republic, watching out for illegal migrants and other threats. The suspected migrants under surveillance are the live audience on the ground.

Once registered, Active Citizens will use an official government website relating to matters of Immigration Enforcement to monitor the border.

Registration to become an Active Citizen is open

Click here to register



Creative Team

Conceived by John Norton and Matthew Wright

Directed by John Norton

Digital design by Matthew Wright

Jean Chan

Associate Producer
Alison John

Creative Technologist
Tom Martin



a bold, deliberately ambiguous, unsettling piece that… deliberately blurs the boundaries between play and reality, distance and proximity and reminds you that you are indeed fortunate enough to be play-acting


immersive, interactive and extraordinarily intricate

the surprise at the final destination is quietly moving – and not a little humbling

An inventive and thought-provoking piece


an exciting and innovative adventure

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