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July 21, 2015 at 02:57 PM EDT

King Joffrey is still very much dead, but his portrayer is acting again — not that he’d call it that.

Game of Thrones actor Jack Gleeson took a step back from Hollywood after his character, the notoriously villainous Joffrey Baratheon, met his demise. “When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it,” Gleeson previously told EW. “It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.”

Now, in an interview with The London Evening StandardGleeson reveals that he’s found a surprising new source of creative energy: a play about bears in space (called, appropriately, Bears in Space). Gleeson and a group of friends, whom he met while studying at Trinity College Dublin, created the surreal comedy for their theater company.

“I don’t really see this as acting,” Gleeson says. “It’s more like a fun project with friends.”

The play — which Gleeson’s friend Eoghan Quinn says is “about two bears in an intergalactic space ship who have just thawed from cryogenic stasis” — has already received acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival.

Bears in Space lands next at the Soho Theatre in London. Oh, and it involves puppets.

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