Thursday, April 25, 2013

'Bankers' in the New Theatre

You might recall that a few years ago a well-known media commentator suggested that Irish theatre failed to address the economic (and moral, political, etc.) crisis facing the country. I think it's fair to say that since then matters have changed and there've been many artistic and theatrical works produced about economic and political issues. One banker friend of mine has wondered if crisis-fatigue has set in: are people tired of hearing of gloom and doom? My guess is that many people do indeed want to move on; but on the other hand, some can't do so whether they want to or not.

In any case, the New Theatre in Temple Bar has a new production starting soon, Bankers by Brian McAvera:

"What happens if you have lost everything? If you have nothing more to lose?
What happens if you are a decent man, an ex-teacher, who has been destroyed by the banks? What would you do to change the system?

A well-known banker, a CEO, wakes up to find himself blindfolded and bound. His wife and his sixteen year old daughter are in the same position. Then the kidnapper enters: quiet, determined, organised. This is no spur-of-the-moment action. They are in a small disused theatre which he has soundproofed. And he has a plan...

And no, this man isn’t a psychopath, but he is motivated, terminally, and as such he is very, very dangerous… "

Previews start on April 29th 2013 and tickets cost €15/€12.


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