The Price of Everything
Entertaining vision of a society built on kindness, by Daniel Bye
This article is from 2012.
Daniel Bye is a man on a mission. From start to finish his performance lecture is out to prove that there are some things you just can’t put a price on.
Starting with the lecture, Bye takes to the stage with a slideshow to ponder the price of everything: a pint of milk, profit returns on the NHS and the human body. From selling the original air guitar from Bill & Ted on eBay to buying a stranger a cup of coffee, Bye raises questions about what we really value in modern society. After a brief interlude for a glass of milk, the performance aspect concludes the show with a lengthy tale of benevolence and belief in humankind.
At times the point he’s trying to make is unclear, but Bye is such a funny, charismatic performer that it’s hard not to get caught up in his utopian vision of a society built on kindness.
Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 558 3047, until 25 Aug (not 20), £10 (£7).