Price of Money, a Belarus Free Theatre and Falmouth University (Amata) co-production, opened at The Albany recently. This work, from a provocative theatre company banned in their homeland, was inspired by diverse sources: Aristophanes’ Plutus (the first political satire from ancient Athens), The Staple of News by Ben Johnson, and Get Outraged!, a work by 93 year old Stéphane Hessel which became the Manifesto for the Occupy movement.
Directed by Vladimir Shcherban, this is an episodic production that examines different situations and viewpoints to explore how money controls our world. Clever and provocative, it encompasses the lives of cast members, imagined dialogues in Ancient Greece, and the anger of modern-day anticapitalists. When I booked the show I was slightly apprehensive in case I didn’t enjoy it; in fact, I thought it was superb.