Coming Up Leon

A story of love, friendship and a coming out party that almost didn’t happen. Ahead of the release of our latest New Adventure – Coming Up Leon – writer Yves Donlon discusses the process of coming out and why the family you choose is so important to the queer community.

Coming Up Leon will be released on Wednesday 31st March 2021. To play, get Zombies, Run! for free on iPhone and Android.

Hello! I’m Yves, the writer of Coming Up Leon, a brand new adventure from Six to Start. I’m so excited for players to experience this story!

Coming Up Leon is about coming out, which can sometimes be a difficult endeavour. Not everyone gets parties and balloons—which is one of the reasons I wanted to write about someone who does. I wanted this adventure to be comforting, especially for those in my community who’ve had the most difficult of coming-out experiences, and while there are some elements of queer struggle in Coming Up Leon, it’s mostly a story about queer joy.

In Coming Up Leon, you’ll join a group of LGBTQ+ folks in central London whose friend Leon has gone missing—just in time to (potentially) ruin his own coming-out party! Enter: you. Your job is to track Leon down and make sure nothing gets in the way of arranging the perfect surprise.

Leon’s coming-out party is his chance to celebrate that he recently told his parents that he is transgender. A celebration like this can be an opportunity to commemorate not only one major time when you told family or friends about your identity, but to celebrate every coming-out moment you’ve been through, no matter how big or small. Maybe this adventure will inspire you to throw your own coming-out party, for you or a friend—or to give yourself a gift to celebrate all those coming-out moments so many of us experience every day

While you search for Leon, you’re going to be working pretty closely with his friends. You’ll get to know Momo and Ryan, Leon’s flatmates and the chief organizers of this coming-out extravaganza. Together they’ll guide you through this adventure—and they promise to keep the bickering to a minimum (we’ll see how that goes). Then there’s Anthony,Leon’s very sweet long-distance boyfriend who might have made a mistake with his present—he’ll make no friends on the afternoon train with that unwieldy gift clattering around. And it’s no surprise they’d all do anything to give Leon the perfect day—he’s a sensitive guy witha penchant for poetry and a heart of gold. If only he was where he’s supposed to be!

And then there’s… you! The Runner in this adventure is the one who ties everything together. No matter how you identify, you’re welcome to become a part of this little group. After all, at its heart, this is really a story about the family we choose. These friends are pretty tight-knit, I think they’ll be happy to let you become a part of their story..

I’m so excited that this adventure will be coming to you on Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s a day Leon and his friends would be sure to celebrate, and I hope you can join them in applauding the trans community and hoping for safety, comfort, and support for all.


Coming Up Leon will be released on Wednesday 31st March 2021. To play, get Zombies, Run! for free on iPhone and Android.

Matchmaker

The course of true love never did run smooth, but if you’re in the romance business, it better!

Available now in Zombies, Run!, Matchmaker is a story of just how tricky it is to find love in the modern world, written by Emily Short. This is the latest project to be released from our New Adventures Commissioning process, and we can’t wait to share our first romance story with you all!

Once you’ve played Matchmaker and have embraced the warm and fuzzies, check out this conversation between Emily and Six to Start head of production Matt Wieteska to hear a little bit more about the inspiration for Matchmaker, Emily’s writing background, and why her notebook is very, very important. Be warned – this interview contains full spoilers for Matchmaker.

Cast

E.M. Williams: Laura

EM grew up in the Midlands with their Jamaican father and Irish mother. Their studies and training began in Kent, spanned California, and culminated in London at RCSSD. Specialising in physical theatre, aerial circus, and ensemble.

They have provided voices for many Zombies, Run! characters including a malfunctioning AI interface, an irritatingly upbeat aerobics instructor, and an environmental scientist who is way out of their depth.

Theatre Credits Include: My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre); Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (West End – Harold Pinter Theatre); Dinosaur World Live (Regents Park Open Air); The Book of Dragons (York Theatre Royal); The Selfish Giant (Arcola Theatre); Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke (New Diorama & AIIA Theatre, Tokyo). 

Harriet Madeley: Antonia

Harriet’s writing/performance work include: The Listening Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Lowry, Theatre Clwyd, Northern Stage, BBC Radio 4), The Colours (Soho Theatre, 2021 tour), Echoes (commissioned by Public Health England for the HIV Innovation Fund) & The Other Tchaikovsky (BBC Radio 4). 

Her theatre company Crowded Room (which she runs with Mark Knightley) are currently under commission from Battersea Arts Centre & the Co Creating Change network and were recently shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award at the Barbican for 2030 (commissioned by Collusion). 

Dinosaur Dash Goodies!

A lost cavern in the Arctic, a missing research team, and a lot of hungry dinosaurs! our latest New Adventure is full of primordial peril.

Before you head out on the Engstrom Expedition make sure you read through our essential safety guide. With slippery rocks, sudden drops and creatures around every corner, the caverns are a dangerous place. Best be prepared!