This article is from 2009.
The Fringe has always been a rich forum for performers to respond to global events, and it was inevitable that theatre-makers would take on this year’s hot topic, the world economic crisis and its aftermath. Intriguingly, up-and-coming young company Spitting Distance has opted to explore the West’s ailing economic systems through the prism of the 1929 crash.
‘The choice to focus on 1929 came out of a state of general ignorance,’ says Victoria Featherby from the company. ‘Trying to understand the current economic crisis we looked to the Wall Street Crash as it was an event we were all aware of. Friends were losing their jobs, and we felt theatre practitioners were not responding to these recent events that are affecting many people.’
The company started by amassing a huge body of research and then found a very small point of focus: an account of a woman who jumped to her death shortly after the Wall Street Crash. ‘We wanted to explore the less tangible reasons for economic collapse – the human psychology and culpability for the repetition of boom and bust,’ says Featherby. ‘To misquote Eric Morecambe, it’s all the right notes in all the wrong order.’
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