Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781786821058
Binding: Paperback

Victory Condition

Chris Thorpe

Paperback (05 Oct 2017)

“A thousand people are taking a sip of coffee within the city limits of Johannesburg, each unaware of the other doing it, each one necessarily thinking they are the only one.”

An attempt to get to grips with the fact that everything happens at once.

And to see if there’s anything we can do about it.

“Find the connection between where you are and where I am. Open up the space between us and do something.”

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786821058
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 96


'What both Man and Woman share is a will to self-destruct. Thorpe very cleverly and very intelligently shows that their acts have a nihilistic self-defeating flavour... The title “Victory Condition” refers to a crucial moment in a video game, when you can win or lose. In the play, the stakes are equally high. Imagine, implies Thorpe, that the future hangs on a series of moments when isolated ordinary individuals have the power to change everything. Imagine also that they are self-destructive... Thorpe’s text contains a couple of nods to Sarah Kane, and Caryl Churchill, but the dark angel hovering over the play is JG Ballard, the seer of Shepperton. Every action suggests that Ballardian sense that despite the feeling that everything is normal, we are all only a couple of steps away from apocalyptic breakdown. The system is fragile; weak... a powerful piece of new writing — and a stunning evocation of the nihilistic reality of the contemporary world.' Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk