Unlimited Theatre presents: Play Dough, where children aged 7+ learn about money, hedging and the effects of the financial crisis in an interactive game show with ten thousand real pound coins on stage. Written and directed by Clare Duffy UK Tour 16th February to 16th April 2016.
A remix of their 2013 hit MONEY the game show, Unlimited Theatre are setting out to explain to children aged 7+ how the global financial crisis affects their lives. The audience will be split into two teams by game show hosts Queenie and TooMuch, and compete in a series of high energy games played with ten thousand pounds in real pound coins that explain how money works. Volunteers from each team can help the hosts demonstrate what we mean by hedging, going short, and going long to show how the game of global finance can affect us all. Alongside the games, Queenie and TooMuch tell their story of how their lives as young people were affected by the 2008 crisis – but how does it end? That depends on which team wins.
MONEY the game show was produced by Unlimited Theatre and the Bush Theatre in 2013, and an early version of Play Dough first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. To make the shows, Clare Duffy spoke to bankers, Hedge Fund managers and editors at the Financial Times, and also went to Greece to speak to people at the heart of the Eurozone crisis.
Writer and director Clare Duffy says, “As young people are living with the consequences of the financial crisis, it’s important that they have access to the story of what happened over the last decade, and have it explained to them in terms that make sense and relates to their lives”.
Five of the areas the show is touring to – Stockton, Barnsley, Doncaster, Salford and Washington – are part of Unlimited Theatre’s Strategic Touring project ‘Together’. Unlimited Theatre will be working engaging audiences in areas of lower engagement through public appearances, workshops and events.
Clare Duffy is a founding member of Unlimited Theatre and a freelance playwright. Her first full length play, Crossings, was commissioned by Sgript Cymru, won a Pearson award and a year-long residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse where she wrote A Good Man. She has co-written most of Unlimited’s work, including Neutrino, Zero Degrees and Drifting, Tangle, The Moon The Moon, Mission to Mars and The Giant and The Bear, The Noise. She also wrote and directed MONEY the game show for Unlimited Theatre and the Bush Theatre. Other works include Local Reality Expo (CCA, Unity Theatre / Homotopia, Chapter Arts Centre), The Fall (BBC Radio 4), Black Tonic (The Other Way Works, national touring), Ana (Stellar Quines and Imago Theatre, Montreal) and CBeebies Christmas shows from 2013-15. She is currently writing SOS… Some Other Stars for Canada’s Magnetic North and developing North, a project about living with extreme light conditions.
Based in Leeds, Unlimited is what happens when the artists Clare Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe make new work together. This work is always co-created with equal partnership in the creative process and in collaboration with an expanding pool of associate artists, scientists, technologists and educators. At its heart is a sincere engagement with its audience both in the process and moment of (co)creation. Recent awards for the company include Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education and Outreach; National Charity Awards (Arts, Culture and Heritage); and a WISE Champion Award.
Play Dough Trailer
*After the press performance, experts from the world of finance will host a discussion about the themes raised in the show and how we communicate finance to children.
Writer and director Clare Duffy Designer Rhys Jarman
Lighting designer Tim Skelley Sound Design Ed Clarke
Composer David Edwards
Queenie – Tessa Parr, TooMuch – Stuart Ryan
16th February to 16th April 2016
16 – 17 February 2016 The Albany, London
Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tues 2pm, Weds 11am & 2pm
www.thealbany.org.uk | 020 8692 4446
20 February 2016 The Quarterhouse, Folkestone
49 Tontine St, Folkestone CT20 1JT 2.30pm
www.quarterhouse.co.uk | 01303 858500
27 – 28 February 2016 Cast, Doncaster
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
Sat 2.30pm, Sun 11am & 2.30pm
www.castindoncaster.com | 01302 303 959
11 March 2016 Stockton ARC
Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL
1.30pm & 6pm
www.arconline.co.uk | 01642 525 199
13 March 2016 The Civic, Barnsley
Hanson St, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2HZ
Sun 2.30pm, Mon 1.30pm
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk | 01226 327000
19 March 2016 artsdepot, London
5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 OGA
2pm & 5pm
020 8369 5454 | www.artsdepot.co.uk
2 April 2016 The Lowry, Salford
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, Manchester, Greater Manchester M50 3AZ
www.thelowry.com | 0843 208 6010
7 – 8 April 2016 Norden Farm, Maidenhead
Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 4PF
11.30am & 2pm
www.norden.farm | 01628 788997
14th April 2016
Arts Centre Washington
Biddick Lane, Washington, Tyne and Wear NE38 8AB
10.30am & 1.30pm
Artscentrewashington.co.uk | 0191 219 3455
16th April 2016
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7UP
11am & 2pm
www.wyp.org.uk | 0113 213 7700