Suitable for: Key Stage 3/4, GCSE, BTEC, A-Level to adult
The harrowing true story of teenager Breck Bednar, who was groomed over the internet and brutally murdered on 17 February 2014 by a supposed ‘friend’ that he met online.
Breck’s story is told in Mark Wheeller’s potent verbatim style, using the words of his family, friends and the killer.
It’s a shocking but deeply powerful play, with a unique 21st-century message.
75 minutes approximately
Cast: 24 characters total. 8 male, 9 female and 7 male or female. The play is suitable for a large cast and multi-roling is also possible.
Lorin Bednar (Breck’s mother) – can be played by up to 6 actors
Barry Bednar (Breck’s father)
Chloe Bednar (sister)
Carly Bednar (sister)
Sebastian Bednar (brother)
Matt (gamer friend)
Ollie (gamer friend)
Will (gamer friend)
Joe (gamer friend)
LD aka Lewis Daynes
Additional Learning Resources for Teachers:
- Scheme of Work with lessons plans, introductions and interviews £10
- Drama & Theatre Play for Performance
- DVD – Production of Game Over performed by Beaumont School £19.99
- YouTube – insight from playwright Mark Wheeller
- Breck Foundation – foundation set up to prevent grooming, exploitation and digital abuse of children
- This is Breck – educational book of Breck’s story for children with cognitive age of 4+
- Breck and the Online Troll – Breck’s story for children with cognitive age of 8+
‘[A] chilling and harrowing tale, skilfully written using the words of Breck’s family, friends and his killer. It deals with the potentially disastrous effects of social media and how to keep safe online by recognising the signs of grooming and exploitation.’
Vivienne Lafferty, Trustee, National Drama
BBC News coverage about GAME OVER