The Bush theatre has extended the run of its current show MONEY The Game Show by an extra week, with the show’s security guard set to stick around a while longer as more audiences are given the chance to gamble live on stage with £10,000 in real pound coins.
Unlimited Theatre’s interactive production, which is now running to 9 March, stars Brian Ferguson and Lucy Ellinson as Casino and Queenie, two ex-hedge fund managers who lost their jobs in the 2008 financial crisis. Now, in an inspired – or desperate – career move, they’ve turned to performance art to share their stories of how to make (and lose) billions from economic downturn.
Playing with £10,000 in real pound coins, audiences are challenged to a series of high stakes games that demonstrate how the world’s economic system came to the brink of collapse, and take a look at the roots of the financial crisis and its ongoing impact.
Unlimited Theatre’s founding member Clare Duffy penned and directed the hit, which The Guardian described as “cunningly contrived”, adding it was “a chilling reminder of how easily the pound in your pocket could be worth nothing at all.”
The concept piece will be followed at the acclaimed new writing venue by Janice Okoh’s award-winning drama Three Birds.