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Silk Road: Bitcoin-Funded Play Hits London’s West End for 20-Day Run

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Silk Road: Bitcoin-Funded Play Hits London's West End for 20-Day Run

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A play financed entirely by Bitcoin is now running at London’s West End theater, Trafalgar Studios.

The play ‘Silk Road: How to Buy Drugs Online’, by English playwright Alex Oates, had a successful showing at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Vault festival recently, and due to its popularity at that venue, it has been offered a 20-day run on London’s West End at Trafalgar Studios, previously known as The Whitehall Theatre.

The play centers on 19-year old Geordie tech-head, Bruce Blakemore, who learns about the deep web and darknet markets. London Theatre 1 describes the performance as about “the freedoms and danger of an unrestricted Dark Web and its impact on a teenager finding his way in the world”.

The production is quite unique in that it is funded by Bitcoin after an anonymous donation from a Bitcoin enthusiast, although cryptocurrency is being increasingly used to back entertainment projects, and is now being utilized for e-ticketing in some music festivals due to its popularity among the young.

Grammy Award winner Imogen Heap recently commented that cryptocurrency had helped her in her recent projects, particularly with her release of the song Tiny Human on the Ethereum blockchain in 2015, allowing people to download the song in exchange for Ether.

The writer of the play, Oates, commented:

“Back in 2014, Bitcoin was a bit of a novelty so I couldn’t be more thrilled that Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online), which was initially made possible through an anonymous donation of Bitcoin, is back with a run at Trafalgar Studios this summer.”

Oates added that he felt that it was a great honor for his play to be the first of its kind funded entirely by cryptocurrency and hoped that it wouldn’t be the last. Oates himself is reported to of been amassing his own personal crypto portfolio since 2014 consisting of multiple cryptocurrencies, according to reports.


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