One of the good friends of the Financial Services Club is David Shirreff, European Business Correspondent for the Economist.
David’s written a few amusements outside work, including a couple of musicals. The last one was Broke Brittania, a musical all about our wonderful Gordon Brown and his attempts to destroy Britain’s economy (Ed: did I say ‘attempts’ … thought he succeeded?).
Now David and his compatriots Russell Sarre (music) and Ross Livingstone (direction) have come up with another timely piece of fun: Eurocrash! The Musical.
Meet Mark and Gilda – the Hansel and Gretel of Euroland – as they discover the fantasy world of European monetary union.
Meet Papa Kohl and Madame Mitterrand, the charming couple who hold it all together; meet the Snake, a clanky prototype; Jean-Claude Trichet, the last great eurocrat; the PIIGS, paying for past profligacy; the dark eminence of the mighty Bundesbank; and the wild, exotic currencies of central Europe.
All this melds together into a musical that sits somewhere between Gilbert & Sullivan and Berthold Brecht, with hard-hitting lyrics and great songs.
David promises me that it is a thoroughly entertaining show around an hour long, which will appeal to experts and laymen alike. No previous experience of the single currency is needed.
EuroCrash! made its debut in Barnes, West London, in September 2011, and will run there for two more days in January (updated to take in the latest antics of Cameron, Merkel and Sarkozy). Then, by kind invitation, the musical is coming to Berlin and Frankfurt, before continuing for a short spell at the Cockpit Theatre in London.
The Old Sorting Office, Barnes, London (January 20th and 21st) 8pm
Tickets from the box office +44 20 8876 9885
Prime Time Theater, Berlin (January 24th to 26th) 8.15pm
Tickets at http://www.primetimetheater.de/spielplan.html
The House of Finance, Campus Westend, 60323 Frankfurt (January 27th to 29th) 8pm
Tickets from the Campus Shop, Campus Westend, 069 798 34553 and Frankfurt Ticket
The Cockpit Theatre, London (February 8th to 11th) 8pm
Tickets at http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/eurocrash_the_musical