SIPAT LAWIN (2011-2012).
DEVISED + WRITTEN WITH THE SIPAT LAWIN ENSEMBLE + TOO MANY WEAPONS.
This modern-day Filipino adaptation of Koushun Takami's novel / film Battle Royale saw forty unsuspecting high school students pitted against each other in a brutal, real-time death match. Staged as a three-hour long, interactive promenade performance at three different venues in Manila across four different seasons in 2012, Battalia Royale became a flashpoint for contemporary Filipino theatre, seen by thousands of audience members and amassing an unprecedented online community of fans and critics alike.
The conversation and controversy surrounding the work took on various shapes in the following years: Kids Killing Kids, A Wake: Kids Killing Kids, and This Is About: Killing in the name of... are all works directly related to the Battalia Royale project.
Images courtesy of Sipat Lawin Ensemble. Poster design by Pepe and the Polygons.
Battalia Royale was devised and written by David Finnigan, Georgie McAuley, Jordan Prosser & Sam Burns-Warr in collaboration with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble. Directed by JK Anicoche.