The House of Cenci

After 400 years the secrets of a family tragedy are awakening.

Count Francesco Cenci was a tyrant; his daughter a victim and a murderer. Based on the true story which inspired centuries of retellings by artists from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Antonin Artaud, creator of the Theatre of Cruelty, The House of Cenci exposes an awful tragedy.

Integrating a free-roaming text adventure with live performance on Zoom, the secrets of The House of Cenci slowly unravel for those brave enough to solve the mysteries that lurk behind closed doors.

The House of Cenci is a theatrical experience created by Parabolic Theatre. I co-created the game, and was responsible for game design, narrative design and writing. The game ran through February to March 2021. Although the run is now finished, and the live acted elements of the show can no longer be seen, the game is still playable here.