by Gil Davis
Potentially the first of its kind in London, the Southwark Playhouse has begun taking bitcoin donations for some of its outreach work, with plans to accept bitcoin as payment for their box office and bar tabs as well.
The timing of bitcoin’s recent meteoric rise couldn’t have been better for the South London playhouse as they are currently preparing to host a performance that was funded partly with the increasingly popular cryptocurrency.
The Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online), obviously inspired by the infamous darknet market, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe back in 2014 but is making its London debut January 24-28 at the Vault Festival’s 2018 programming line up.
The play is inspired by some of the massive criminal enterprises that were started up back in 2011 and partly by Ross “Dread Pirate Roberts” Ulbricht, the now incarcerated head of the original Silk Road operations.
The play itself seems to have decent enough reviews online, for those that may be interested in seeing this story playout in a theater setting.
While attempting to fund the play, playwright Alex Oates decided to reach out for help onto the Silk Road forums themselves where an anonymous user decided to donate two bitcoin (approximately $34,000) to help fund the project. This act of generosity towards the arts has spearheaded the idea behind The Southwark Playhouse’s acceptance of bitcoin into their regular admissions and donations.
A spokeswoman for the Southwark Playhouse gave the news saying:
“We’re pleased to announce that we’re now accepting donations in Bitcoin and are working towards extending this to our bar and ticketing operations in 2018.”
She also expressed an interest in exploring the technology and bringing it into mainstream use.
The Southwark Playhouse are currently accepting bitcoin donations from anyone interested in donating to their youth outreach and community art programs with the currency being incorporated fully into their general admissions and concession in the near future.