Money the Game Show

A co-production with The Bush Theatre
Written and directed by Clare Duffy

Casino and Queenie used to be hedge fund managers. Before the financial crisis of 2008, that is. 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 actual pound coins, audiences were invited to bet long, short or hedge, as Casino and Queenie guided them through a series of interactive games that demonstrated how the world’s economic system came to the precipice of collapse.

So, risk takers to the front, risk averse to the back. Welcome to MONEY the game show.

Money the game show
photos: Simon Kane

We teamed up with The Bush Theatre to take a playful and politically sharp look at the roots of the 2008 financial crisis and its ongoing impact, as well as tackling the bigger questions: What is money? What is it worth? What happens when we stop believing in it?

Reviews: The Guardian – The Scotsman – New Statesman – Financial Times – The New York Times

Money the Game Show was originally produced at the Bush Theatre in 2013 and toured twice in 2013 and 2014.

MONEY the game show 2014
photos: Richard Davenport

Written and Directed by Clare Duffy Designed by Rhys Jarman Lighting Designer Richard Godin Sound Designer Matt Angove Original Music by David Edwards Stage Management by Simon Perkins

Original 2013 Cast:
Queenie – Lucy Ellinson
Casino: Brian Ferguson

2014 cast:
Queenie: Suzanne Robertson
Casino: Stuart Ryan

Supported by the Simon Gray Award. Originally developed as part of the Platform 18: New Directions Award, supported by The Arches, Traverse Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland. Autumn 2014 tour presented as part of REACH, a project bringing new theatre to the North East, managed by ARC Stockton and Dep Arts Ltd and funded by Arts Council England.

Try the Bush’s Money Personality Quiz to find out what kind of spender you are – and why you might need MONEY the game show in your life…