fanSHEN presents: The Justice Syndicate

Playable theatre supported by the Near Now Fellowship

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15th February 2018

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14-18 Broad Street,





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A top surgeon accused of a serious crime. Conviction would mean planned operations will not go ahead – and the evidence is far from conclusive. Or is this just another case of someone so important they’re above justice?

The Justice Syndicate is a piece of playable theatre drawing on a jury format. It asks how we make decisions, how we deal with our preconceptions, and how much you’d want strangers making judgments about you based on the contents of your phone.

Power and privilege; trust and technology; thought and action.

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How will you vote?​​​

Come along and be part of the first audiences for this collaboration between immersive theatre company fanSHEN, computational artist Joe McAlister and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer.

Along with 11 other ‘jury members’, you’ll be asked to review evidence, consider arguments and arrive at a verdict: guilty or not guilty?

If you’re a fan of The Good Wife, Law and Order or Ally McBeal; if you’ve always wanted to make that 11th hour intervention where you change everyone’s minds; or if you’re just quite interested in what makes people tick, this 90 minute game is for you.

Content Warning

The Justice Syndicate contains both discussion of sexual assault and explicit description of consensual sexual activity. 

If any aspect of the experience makes you feel uncomfortable and you would like to leave at any time, we encourage and support your right to do so with no explanation needed.

If you have any access needs or questions about the content of The Justice Syndicate, please contact us at or via Broadway's box office on 0115 9526 611

The Justice Syndicate is supported by the Near Now Fellowship.

Near Now Fellow Rachel Briscoe has been researching new tools, technologies and techniques to shape future projects developed by her interactive theatre company, fanSHEN.

Read Rachel's insights into the development of The Justice Syndicate here.

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Find out more about the Near Now Fellowship here.