By The End Of Us is a Live Video Game: a video game performed by live actors, controlled by you.
Mia Culper is an assassin. Navigating her way through a series of underground chambers she must find and kill her target. Prepped with a camera and microphone Mia live streams her journey to a Contact, who guides and advises her through the mission, ensuring she achieves her objective.
Without the limits of pre-coded or pre-scripted events, By the End of Us is a game that responds dynamically to the audience each night. Every time the game is played, it is entirely unique.
You call the shots in real time, meaning the game can be intense, hilarious, mysterious or tragic.
By the End of Us is a live video game with two experiences:
The Single Player
You are Mia’s Contact. You sit in a private room in front of a monitor where you receive Mia’s live feed. It is your responsibility to communicate with her and guide her through the mission. You make the decisions. You call the shots. Can you ensure she finds and eliminates the target?
The Multi Player
You are tracking Mia Culper and have managed to hack in and view her live feed. Armed with secret intel, hidden agendas and electronic keypads, you, and those around you, use this information to influence the success or failure of Mia’s mission. Your decisions mean the difference between life and death, between winning and losing. How will you play the game?
Please note that there is only one Single Player per show and the audience member who purchases this ticket must arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time. Players must also be comfortable with the interactive nature of the game; the Multiplayer audience will be able to hear your decision making process. If you have any further questions, please contact the Box Office.
The production is the second ‘live video game’ produced by Block Stop and follows a similar format to their previous game, Dead Wait at Soho Theatre (July 2014) and The Pleasance, Edinburgh (August 2014). The company have produced smaller scale games for the Wellcome Collection, Vault Festival and Now Play This. By the End of Us marks a significant change in Block Stop’s work, moving from secret, one-on-one style interactions to auditorium-filling games.
Daniel Thompson, Ilayda Arden, Melanie Grossenbacher and Oli Back
Nick Peel and Will Nash