Following the postponement of its first season due to Covid-19, represent., a company with the aim to increase access to the industry for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, today announce a world première digital co-production with Southwark Playhouse, Money by Isla van Tricht, which invites audiences to interact with, and determine the outcome of, a charity as it grapples with the ethics of accepting a large donation from a questionable source. Available to stream 26 April – 15 May via Zoom.
The production opens the company’s reimagined inaugural season with a repertory company, which also includes two further plays – Stephen Jeffreys’ Interruptions and Albatross by Isley Lynn performed live this autumn, with further details to be announced.
Money will feature Mel Giedroyc in a cameo role as Jennifer Anders, the CEO of ethically dubious, highly successful Anders Corporation whose foundation have granted the donation.
The returning cast includes Aaron Douglas (Girlboss, Southwark Playhouse; Wonder Boy, Arcola Theatre), Sarel Madziya – making her professional stage debut, Nemide May (Brothers With No Game, Close Friends) and Loussin-Torah Pilikian (Foodie, The Hope Theatre; live reading of Mamet, Hampstead Theatre); and are joined by Adam Rachid Lazaar – making his professional stage debut, performing in repertory across the season. The company will provide the cast with an acting apprenticeship where they can develop their craft, earning a London living wage.
Creative Director of represent. Guy Woolf today said, “Last year we were all raring to go with our first season. But one week into rehearsals the world stopped. Since then we have continued our commitment to our company with a variety of workshops and R&Ds: one ACE-funded with director Karen Tomlin on Ira Aldridge’s The Black Doctor, and the other on Money, which has become our company’s debut production. We commissioned Isla van Tricht to write the piece for a virtual and interactive production in which our audiences are put right at the heart of a timely ethical dilemma that confronts capitalism, philanthropy and a group of people doing their best.
“Due to the effects of the pandemic, socioeconomic inequality in our industry is now more pronounced than ever. As a result, there has never been a more important time to represent.”
represent. is supported by Texel Foundation with an accessibility grant from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.
represent and Southwark Playhouse present
Written by Isla van Tricht
Directed by Guy Woolf
26 April – 15 May 2021
Press night: Thursday 29 April at 7.30pm
The Nyoni Youth and Community Project is offered a large donation from the Anders Corporation that promises to save the struggling charity. The source of the money is, however, an ethically questionable one and, as the details of the Anders Corporation’s dirty and damaging deeds come to light, the Nyoni Board – and the audience – are faced with an agonising decision: do we accept the money or do we reject it?
Secrets will be spilled, hidden and traded, loyalties and rivalries will be formed and broken as the charity’s board wrestles through the muck of this ethical dilemma and discussions soon spiral from professional to personal.
The audience plays the role of members of the charity: they will choose which breakout rooms to go into at different points in the play – and therefore what secret agendas and stories they overhear; in the end, they will vote on whether to accept the money with several possible endings depending on the result.
Isla van Tricht is a theatre, television, and games writer. Her work has been produced at venues including The Roundhouse, King’s Head Theatre, The Other Palace, VAULT Festival, Underbelly and 59E59 Theaters, New York. Recent credits include Becoming Electra, and Tits ‘N’ Teeth. Her work has been longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize, Verity Bargate Award and Papatango Playwriting Prize. She is currently on attachment with the Traverse Theatre and part of Hampstead Theatre’s Writers’ Group – mentored by Roy Williams.
Guy Woolf is an actor, director and composer. Previous credits as an actor include 3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down (Finborough Theatre), Thrill Me (The English Theatre of Hamburg/Jermyn Street Theatre) and Becoming Electra (The Roundhouse/UK tour). He plays Electra in Cabaret Troupe Denim (Soho Theatre/Arts Theatre/Glastonbury), with TV credits including Trigonometry (BBC 2). His credits as a composer include Great Again (Tristan Bates Theatre/Vault Festival).
LATER IN THE SEASON…
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, adapted for six actors by Guy Woolf
“I like to read about the comedy of the world. But there is no point any more in taking part. I believe in nothing.”
Interruptions shows an imaginary country preparing for an election, undergoing a military coup, and then living through the consequences. Originally devised by Annabel Arden and Stephen Jeffreys, represent. presents its UK première with a new adaptation for a smaller cast.
In her introduction to the collection Stephen Jeffreys: Plays (Nick Hern Books, 2018), Jeffreys’ wife Annabel Arden writes: ‘[Interruptions] sprang from [Stephen’s] fascination with the Japanese aesthetic principle of Jo-ha-kyu and his desire to create a particular narrative form to express our struggles with democracy and leadership.’ It asks the questions: Do we need to be led? How do we decide who leads? and What happens when there are no leaders?’
Stephen Jeffreys (1950 – 2018) was an internationally-acclaimed playwright and winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. His theatre credits include The Clink (Paines Plough), The Libertine (Royal Court Theatre), A Jovial Crew (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Going Concern (Hampstead Theatre), I Just Stopped by to See the Man (Royal Court Theatre) and Bugles at the Gates of Jalalabad (Tricycle Theatre). For film his credits include The Libertine and Diana.
Written by Isley Lynn
“It’s not just the choice
It’s never just the choice
Choice is a fairy-tale.”
Tattoos are forever. Almost. And at Noodle Soup Tattoo there are strict rules: No names unless they’re dead. Nothing on the face. Nothing you might get sued for later.
When Jodie, a rough sleeper, asks for a free tattoo from apprentice Kit, her request is well within the guidelines. But Kit is still unsure, because they know only too well that getting inked isn’t the only decision that stays with you for the rest of your life.
Albatross is a small but sweeping story about the past refusing to stay in the past.
Isley Lynn is a playwright. Her previous credits include The War of the Worlds (New Diorama Theatre), Skin A Cat (Vault Festival/The Bunker/UK tour), Tether (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Sleight of Hand (Theatre503/Arcola Theatre/Gate Theatre), What’s So Special (Royal Court Theatre), Lean (Tristan Bates Theatre), Bright Nights (The Space) and Sie Und Wir (Werk X).
26 April – 15 May 2021
Press night: Thursday 29 April at 7.30pm
Box Office: https://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show-whats-on/the-money/
Monday – Saturdays at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2pm
Captions available on all performances