Lies (3 stars)

This article is from 2017


A fun hour and a half with an inevitable descent into destruction

Even at their most playful, Ontroerend Goed have a serious point to make. This interactive casino experience mocks the supposed abilities of the banking community, by framing national and international investment as a game of chance and fictional finances. Of course, the finale is an economic collapse, with an exciting session as the croupiers attempt to offload the bonds of failing nations at bargain prices.

Closer to a board game than a theatrical performance, Lies provides the thrills and spills of Monopoly, but the message – that money is about fake faith, not a measure of meaningful production – becomes laboured. The interludes that comment on the progress of the financial fantasy being built at each table give context and heighten the competitive drama between the audience members. Unfortunately, the game play doesn't offer the intense emotional kick that Goed's work usually evokes: comparatively, it feels restrained.

It may suffer in comparison to Goed productions like Sirens, but when the collapse comes, the game gains tension, and the overall structure is a nifty way to explain both the workings of the money-men and the fundamental idiocy of believing in capitalist economic systems.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 8.30pm, £14 (£12).

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

  • 3 stars

Big in Belgium, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions ‘The best way to rob a bank is to own one’ (William Crawford, Commissioner of the California Department of Savings and Loans). Ontroerend Goed invites you to get under the skin of the well-to-do, the 1%, the super rich, the ones who pull the…