The world’s first play performed live inside Minecraft!

Playcraft Live is an exciting new project to create the world’s first play inside Minecraft!

Over the summer, an amazing team of writers, directors, actors and professional Minecraft builders will create a brand new play and then perform it live inside Minecraft and on stage at The Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry.

Every set will be built in blocks. Every character will be performed live inside Minecraft by real gamers. Every word of the play will be performed live in the theatre by real actors. And you’ll be able to watch it online as part of a global livestream event on 14 October 2017.

What’s the story?

Have you heard of TimeRiders? They’re a team of time travelling youngsters plucked from the very last moment of their lives to work for a secret agency whose job it is to stop time travellers from the future coming back and changing history!

The play, written by author of the bestselling TimeRiders series Alex Scarrow, is based in the TimeRiders universe. This series of nine books sees the heroes in Ancient Rome, Dinosaur times, World War II and the far future. But, exclusively for Playcraft Live….they’re going back to Neolithic times!

When Liam is mistakenly beamed by Maddy back to the time of the caveman and woolly mammoth, he has to use his wits to not only stay alive, but to find a way to get a message forward 11,000 years to the present to inform her where, and WHEN he’s become stuck! Only then will she be able to save him…

Get involved

The most exciting thing is you can get involved right now. Over the summer an amazing team of YouTubers will find out how to create a play in Minecraft by meeting the best in the theatre business before setting you challenges…

We’ll post a video of each encounter on the Playcraft Live website and Youtube channel.

In the first video, Amy Lee meets TimeRiders author Alex Scarrow to get tips on writing a play. Alex and Amy need you to invent a joke for our new play. Watch now.

Then join SeaPeeKay as he travels to the National Theatre in London to meet Katrina Lindsay who designed costumes for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Can you design costumes for our TimeRiders characters? Watch now.

NettyPlays and friends Bigbs4tz, Tomohawk, Caffcast, Mini Muka and PB Jelly journey to The Playhouse Theatre – home of Playcraft Live – to try making theatre sets in Minecraft with a real-life set-designer. Then you’ll be invited to take part in a live online buildathon on 23 and 24 September to create sets for the play in Minecraft. Watch now.

Finally, Bigbs4tz and the gang meet Art Parkinson who played Rickon Stark in Game of Thrones to try some acting in Minecraft. Available on 30 September when we’ll release part of the script for our new play and ask you to act it out and send us the video…

Your ideas and responses will help inspire our team and if they’re really awesome, we’ll share them with the whole world during the live performance of our play!

Watch the play live online

Playcraft Live will see this new TimeRiders story come to life on stage at The Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry and live inside Minecraft, with characters Liam and Bob time travelling between the two!

The whole production will be mixed into a single livestream for the whole world to watch online on the Playcraft Live website and Youtube channel.

In addition, a number of YouTubers will be given the opportunity to watch the action taking place inside Minecraft during the performance, an experience they can share directly with their followers via live images and videos.

Join us on Saturday 14 October (times will be announced soon) for the world’s first play in Minecraft!

Playcraft Live is an original production by The Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry, and a team of creatives from the world of Minecraft and beyond, featuring a specially commissioned script by Alex Scarrow. Playcraft Live is commissioned by The Space, which is funded by the BBC and Arts Council England.

Production credits:
Theatre production and direction: Kieran Griffiths (Creative Director, The Playhouse)
Minecraft production and direction: Adam Clarke
Minecraft content created by Hypixel, Blockworks and Dragnoz
Video content and broadcast production: MakeMatic
Producer: Tony Guillan


Press Release

The Playhouse

The Playhouse

The Playhouse is one of Ireland’s leading Award Winning multi-disciplinary Community Art Resource Centres, based on a neutral site with the centre of Derry. Comprising a theatre, dance studio, a gallery and an extensive Education and Outreach Dept, it is also home to several cultural and arts based groups and tenants. The Playhouse is one of only a handful of venues commissioning, producing and touring theatre in the island of Ireland and is vital to the provision of the arts in the North West.



MakeMatic collaborate with leading institutions from around the world to create video-based digital technology masterclasses for teacher professional learning – covering everything from 3D printing to filmmaking.

Tony Guillan

Tony Guillan

Tony is an award-winning producer whose work spans the visual arts, performance and digital media. He is currently Senior Producer at Imperial War Museums and formerly managed Tate gallery’s for digital innovation.
The Space

The Space

The Space has commissioned Playcraft Live. The Space is funded by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts, and is also supported by Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in the Nations. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions, commissioning arts projects and providing a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences.

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke uses games to inspire & entertain. He is a Producer & Speaker. He was the original voice of Wizard Keen.