Economy of Thought (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Economy of Thought

The banking crisis meets a thoughtful critique

Grinning bankers bet on who in a crowd of protesters will scramble for a banknote as it flutters towards them. A young journalist exploits family connections to get her first big scoop. An ambitious economist sees a move into green energy as a way of furthering her career.

Everyone’s on the make in Patrick McFadden’s solid morality tale set in the world of high finance. But don’t expect an hour of empty banker-bashing: Odd Rituals’ thoughtful play, part comedy and part critique, is gratifyingly nuanced. Nobody emerges unsullied by the grime of greed and money as its story lines expand convincingly into fractured personal relationships and fraught questions of integrity.

Katharine Davenport stands out as the tormented Amanda, torn between loyalty to her sister (a volatile Rose O’Loughlin) and to her unpleasant banking colleagues, led by the obnoxious Reece, played with gleeful swagger by Jonny McPherson. Laurence Kennedy is convincingly oily as big boss Milton.

Things move rather slowly at times, especially in some lengthy and frequent set changes, and the plot direction sometimes seems a little shaky. But it’s a strong, solid piece of work.

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Economy Of Thought

  • 3 stars

In the City of London, the actions of four bankers during a public protest provokes an incident and events quickly spiral out of control.