Page extent: 88
ISBN: 9781786821683
Binding: PaperBack
Male Cast: 3


Gary Owen

PaperBack (24 Mar 2017)

In Killology, players are rewarded for torturing victims, scoring points for “creativity”.

But Killology isn’t sick. In fact it’s marketed by its millionaire creator as a deeply moral experience. Because yes, you can live out your darkest fantasies, but you don’t escape their consequences.

Out on the streets, not everybody agrees with him.

“There is an instinctive revulsion against taking a human life. And that revulsion can be conquered.”

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ISBN13 9781786821683
Female cast 0
Male cast 3
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 88


'Killology bills itself as being about a shockingly violent video game, but this is really by-the-by. It could have been called ‘Violence & Sons’, being a play about the terrible, damaging gap that fathers can leave via their absence, physical or otherwise... a faced-paced, deeply troubling affair that thrums and crackles with the horrible thrill of violence. It is shown as a sort of drug to numb emotional pain; but the play is not afraid to embrace its adrenalinised thrill, either. Certainly Owen is too smart to cobble together some trite universal thesis about how violence only comes from a lack of paternal love: there are far nastier characters in Killology – only described – whose lives and motives remain unknowable... Owen writes remarkably as ever, with exquisite tenderness and seductive savagery.' Time Out ★★★★

'A Masterpiece' ★★★★★ Buzz Magazine

'interconnected stories swirl around each other in the monologues in this heartbreaking, painful three-hander... Owen’s jaggedly tender script plays with fantasy and reality, and like an online game it offers alternate possibilities as it explores what really happens alongside what could have happened... More than one kind of revenge is played out in this gripping evening, which never shirks the terror of love – particularly parental love – and which connects fatherhood and taking care of family with looking after each other in the wider community. It’s an open wound of a play – raw and sore – but full of compassion too.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ★★★★★

'If Gary Owen’s new play Killology shares one thing in common with his acclaimed Iphigenia in Splott, it is a fierce compassion and respect for the neglected and overlooked... While tension, testosterone and aggression all feature, the real focus is on fatherhood and legacy... Gary Owen's intelligent new play unpicks a destructive father-son relationship with precision and empathy.' The Stage ★★★★

'Confronting us with three male characters who mostly speak in monologues, Killology is haunted by the responsibilities and failures of fatherhood about which it is heartbreakingly eloquent... [it] is a subtle and searching examination of the obligations of father to son and vice versa. The stories are interrelated but there is also an aching sense of disconnection... Strongly recommended.' The Independent ★★★★