News/April 2015

She’s ready to meet you! Karen has been accepted by the Apple App Store and is available to download for free on your iPhone now.

Karen has already been praised in The New York Times, BBC Click, and selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Need any more encouragement to take part? One pre release tester said of playing Karen: “It feels like a very intimate, high quality TV series experience – it’s addictive,” while another said: “A clever piece of interactive drama, I’m going to be pushing it to friends.”

Speaking of which, please do share how things go with Karen with us, your friends and the world on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit (using the hashtag #KarenIsMyLifeCoach).

And if you’re a fan of Karen one of the best ways you can support the app is to rate and review it on the app store. We’d love as many people as possible to have the chance to experience this and you can help make that happen.

Karen will also be available on Android shortly. Watch this space for details.


Karen is a new work by Blast Theory, developed in partnership with National Theatre Wales.

Co-commissioned by The Space and 539 Kickstarter backers. Karen has been developed with support from the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham and in collaboration with Dr Kelly Page.

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  1. Lex
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    If you make a mistake answering question there is no way to correct.
    There should be a redo button or something.


  2. Niki
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    I’m sat in a cafe waiting for my next session with Karen. Previous conversations with her tell me this might not be the best place to meet! Yesterday we were alone for most of the time until my son walked in, looked at Karen, Karen paused and said, “are you alone” like she knew our privacy had just been invaded. She cut the session short saying something like, “we’ll carry on when the other person clears off”! My son laughs and shouts at Karen, “that’s so rude”. Subtle social and professional boundaries are blurred in an uncanny fashion; I see her knickers hanging out to dry in the background, she mentions ‘the divorce’ in a thow away comment while asking me to think carefully about whether I can think abstractly or if I had a happy childhood. And yet all I can think is, why she hasn’t put the washing away before our session! Absolutely gripped by the slippage between professional and personal, the player ego and the impending suspense that Karens knickers hanging out to dry is a sign that this drama is going to get messy! Love it…
    I’d better get the coffee in, my next session starts in 5 minutes!