Monthly Archives: April 2009

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Big Bang

Can you tell us a little bit about Big Bang (the event that the play is based around)?Big Bang occurred on 27th of October 1986. It was when the stock exchange was deregulated. Previously all the exchanges took place on this huge trading floor and there were traders everywhere shouting at each other. That was completely changed when big bang occurred because all of that face to face trading (which was called open outcry trading) changed to being carried out on a computer and people interact...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: The Director’s Approach

How have you and the team approached the directing process?Jonathan [Munby – Director of Serious Money] has promoted a strong sense of collaboration from the production. The set design accurately reflects the world of the stock exchange and we’ve tried very hard to not make the production too much of a nostalgia piece which is why for example we haven’t used any 1980s music because that would evoke an audience’s own personal memories which may lose them from the story.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Serious Satire

Are we as an audience supposed to sympathise with any of the characters or are they purely satirical?The play is absolutely a satire and I think a good example of the dichotomy of responses that this play can provoke is that when it initially opened in 1987 in the West End some banks bought the whole of the theatre for the evening for their employees; they thought it was absolutely wonderful and saw it as a total celebration of their world. Of course people who weren’t associated with that...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Parallels With Today

Will audiences be able to draw parallels between the time the play was written and what’s happening in the global economy now?I think it’s a case of allowing the audience to form their own opinion and to take their own journey whilst watching the play while also allowing them to almost learn lessons from it. We’ve gone through such a financial bust recently and I think that seeing such an exponential boom played out in front of them will hopefully make the audience consider their own p...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Seven Jewish Children

The Royal Court Theatre recently launched a 70th Birthday retrospective of Caryl Churshill’s work by presenting readings of many of her most famous plays. In January 2009, Churchill wrote Seven Jewish Children — a play about Gaza, a ten minute history of Israel, ending with the Israeli attack on Gaza, which was performed free at the Royal Court. The play was then published online, for free download and use. Churchill stated: “Anyone can perform it without acquiring the rights,...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Writing in Rhyme

Has the way in which the play is written in rhyme presented any problems? How have the actors found it working with such an unusual script?The language is very heightened and artificial which is a decision Caryl Churchill made to reflect the artificial world these bankers were living in. I think it’s a great dramatic device, but the characters do need to appear realistic to the audience. The language is heightened but there’s a truth and very much a realism to those people even though wh...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Latest Posts for News: Serious Money

Serious Money (1987) is a verse play that takes a satirical look at the stock market and received enormous acclaim, partly because it played immediately after the stock market crash of 1987. Her 2002 play, A Number, addresses human cloning and was adapted for television in September 2008. Her other work for television plays for the BBC, includes The After Dinner Joke (1978) and Crimes (1982). She has also published a translation of Seneca’s Thyestes and her new version of August Strind...