Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre and Ontroerend Goed
Reviewed 19 October 2019
£¥€$ (LIES) presents an exciting, mysterious and entertaining way to learn about the confusing world of banking and international markets by allowing its audience to take on the responsibilities of those who pull the strings in this unfamiliar world. Remember – it’s all about the money.
Entering the dimly lit theatre, audience members are split up and directed by men and women, neatly dressed in black outfits with pulled-back hair and buttoned-up shirts, towards tables spread out around the edges of the room. The soothing sounds of 1920’s speakeasy tunes play softly in the background as participants take in their new surroundings. There is an ominous feel to the space, almost like dirty business is playing out under the safe cover of this darkness. As the audience take their seats at the casino-like playing tables, details within the beautiful, wooden, Scandinavian-minimalist furniture becomes more obvious and it becomes clear that a game of sorts is about to be played. What are you willing to risk in pursuit of financial and economic success?
£¥€$ (LIES) places its audience members directly in the seat of power with fictitious millions to gamble as they take on a game being played by banks all around the world. It’s up to you what you do with your market capital – how much are you willing to risk? How much of another person’s money are you willing to lose? Do you trust the market? What is done with this power is completely up to audience members, though the end result may not be what they expect…
For those who don’t have a large knowledge about the banking world – don’t fear! Your dealer will explain terms like “going short”, “bonds” and “market ratings” in a way that makes learning about banking actually quite exciting.
Based in Ghent, Belgium, Ontroerend Goed, the masters behind £¥€$, are a powerhouse theatre company leading the way in interactive theatre and creating unforgettable theatrical experiences as they go. Other popular productions by them include Fight Night (a production co-produced with the Adelaide company the Border Project) where audience members have the power to eliminate actors off the stage, but only based on limited information such as their appearance, clothing and a sound bite.
£¥€$ is a unique, interactive show that places its audience in a position of power never before experienced in another theatre. It is a must at the 2019 Oz Asia Festival, even if just to participate in a magical production by the geniuses of Ontroerend Goed.
Reviewed by Georgina Smerd
Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 5000
Season: 19 – 22 October 2019
Duration: 1 hour 50 mins
Tickets: $35 – $49