Larp for Social Effect


Fringe event

The Smoke is excited to introduce our fringe event, Larp for Social Effect, taking place on Thursday 9th January.

There is an increasing awareness of how larp can be used as a tool for social change, both as on a wider level (increasing awareness of individual issues, educating participants about methods of activism) and on an individual basis (allowing participants to have experiences that can be transformational).

This year we aim to explore this during the Smoke fringe event, which will take place on Thursday 9th January at Theatre Deli, Studio 7, from 1800–2200.


The evening will begin with participants playing larps from the #feminism and Prism larp anthologies, and Passing.

We will then have a discussion, exploring ideas about the methods and limitations of using larp in this way, and talking about the work that is currently being done in this field.

Hey Mom I Made This Sex Tape (designer: Susanne Vejdemo)

Spurred by the startling announcement that Daughter has made a sex tape and might want to show it at an amateur porn festival, her outspoken and opinionated relatives – who all consider themselves feminists, but from different waves and ideologies – argue it out about sex, porn, and what the main point of feminism really is.

The Good Lads (designer: Pawel Jasinski)

You’re a member of a gang of troubled boys – juvenile delinquents from a poor neighborhood, growing up neglected in conservative homes. You’re overly masculine, you rely on strength and dominance to survive, you have problems with expressing your emotions. That’s why when one of you has developed feelings for someone else in the group, you don’t know how to handle that.

Passing (designer: Mo Holkar)

Passing is a retrofuturistic microlarp about people of ethnic minority origin who are able to ‘pass’ as members of the dominant ethnicity. The design intention of Passing is to allow participants to explore delicate issues of race in a ‘safe’ way. It seeks to reflect the way that in the real world, passing is a privilege but also a burden.


We are not providing food or drink for this event, because we want to be able to make it available free of charge. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, or something to share, if you wish.


Tickets are free of charge, and are available via this form: