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Broke Brittania: the Musical

Friend of the Club and Business Correspondent with the Economist, David Shirreff, has recently written the words to a comedic romp around the financial crisis called "Broke Britannia: the Musical".

Broke Brittania

It gets its world premiere tomorrow night in Barnes, before magically transporting itself to Edinburgh next week for the Fringe Festival.

Details below:

Broke Britannia! The Musical, with vicious lyrics and great songs. No character is spared, from doomed bankers such as Fred the Shred to the jokers who were meant to control them.
This is a fiasco so tragic that the only way to relive it is pantomime. Little Red Riding Hood, Mr Wolf and the Genie take you through a tale of fantasy and delusion that became only too real.

Broke Britannia! will run for six nights (8.10pm to 9.20pm) at the Edinburgh Fringe (August 23rd to 28th ) at the Space @ Venue 45 in Jeffrey Street (very near the station)
And for three nights at the Old Sorting Office in Barnes, SW13 0LF (August 17th to 19th).

About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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  • The opening night of Broke Britannia was a remarkable performance as the audience was treated to a witty tapestry of financial jargon and toe tapping songs. Leaving no financial stone unturned, author David Shirreff, armed with music by Russell Sarre, takes a satirical look at the financial crisis – adeptly roasting the bankers and regulators who are the public face in Britain’s economic woes. One of the many charms of Broke Britannia was the canter at which director Ross Livingstone served up vignettes to melt time in a steady stream of laughter. This combination of talent makes Broke Britannia a must see for anyone in banking and finance.
    Performed in an intimate setting, actors lampoon the men and women at the heart of Britain’s financial might. Charlie Dupre captured the enchantment and disappointment of the emotional rollercoaster experienced by young professionals trapped in the rapidly changing financial marketplace. Dylan Esbach as Mr. Wolf brought to life the sinister nature of financial advisors focused on commissions while flippantly determining their client’s financial futures. Libby Gore was enchanting in her portrayal of Davina and Red Riding Hood brought home the culpability of the wide-eyed yet naïve average British investor who, although cautious, had little understanding of financial instruments. Marcus Massey’s performance as the investigator captured the ineptness of the market’s ability to circumvent future problems. Matt McMaster portrayal of Mervin King was priceless, leaving the audience hoping to see Mr. King break into song on his next television interview. Anna Neil cleaved to the very essence of the crisis portraying the complexity and irrationality of how bankers have traded common sense for algorithmic trading. George Shirreffs” depiction of Alistair Darling was thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Oliver Walters portrayal of Fred Goodwin and Adair Turner was brilliant.
    Perhaps the highlight of the experience was the engaging anthem “The Masters of Finance”, which I found myself singing on the train ride home to the dismay of fellow passengers.