The People Vs Democracy

A live action board game about power in the UK.


The People Vs Democracy goes beyond the spectacle of the General Election to expose the realities of our political system. This live action board game reveals the complex compromises and brutal confrontations that keep governments in power for years after you have finished voting.

Parliament and the Westminster village are only part of the greater structures in the UK, with everyone from bankers to the media and even estate agents making important decisions in your life. The game places you, the player, within these political structures forcing you to balance your personal goals against the greater good of society.

Wrestling with an unstable economy and under siege from unfolding news events, you must coax, cajole and bully the other players to further your own agenda. To out manoeuvre your opponents you must understand how the system works and bend it to your ends. ‘The People Vs Democracy’ gives you the freedom to reshape our political system: you can become a skilled profiteer or push towards a fairer society.

Written and Directed by Jamie Harper of Hobo Theatre

Produced and designed by Bern Roche Farrelly of Working Birthday

Political consultant Charlotte Gill of  and Mike Harris of 89up.

Software design by Kahoot Studios

The People Vs Democracy originally ran in April and May 2015 at The Free Word Centre.


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