Money makes the world go round. Whether you have it or you don’t, its grasp is inescapable as is its power to determine our lives, thoughts and actions.
Inspired by Aristophanes' Plutus, the first political satire from ancient Athens, The Staple of News, Ben Johnson's work on the emerging ethics of capitalism, and Get Outraged!, the inspirational text of 93-year-old Stéphane Hessel, which became the manifesto for the Occupy movement, Price of Money is a scathing attack on inequality and excess.
Age Guidance: 14+
‘It is impossible to witness their shows and remain passive.’ Theatre Bubble
Price of Money is ‘an impassioned call to arms – witty, sweaty and righteously angry. You should see it. Belarus Free Theatre is actually doing something. It is a bold force for good.’ Financial Times
‘Hard-hitting, comical and fast-paced… a work that is not afraid to pin its political colours to the mast.’ The Public Reviews
Price of Money is ‘intense, poignant, at times funny, and always clever.’ News Shopper
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Devised by Belarus Free Theatre
Director and Original Concept: Vladimir Shcherban
Devisers, contributors and performers:
Original cast included: Emily Houghton
Interpreter and Translation: Sasha Padziarei
Costume Designer: Alex Shyrnevich
Assistant Director: Nadia Brodskaya
Stage Manager: Svetlana Sugako
Executive Producer: Natalia Kaliada
Producer: Fenella Dawnay
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Originally produced by Belarus Free Theatre in association with the Albany. Developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA).
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Cockayne Foundation and The London Community Foundation, The Foyle Foundation. Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Price of Money was first performed at the Albany Theatre on 16 September 2014.