A Kaleider production. Conceived and Directed by Seth Honnor
The Money is Kaleider’s hit showgame that has toured to 5 continents and played as charged and prestigious venues as Edinburgh City Chambers, UK Houses of Parliament, Lagos City Hall, Lisbon City Hall, Victoria Parliament, City of London’s Guildhall, Tianjin’s Grand Theatre and many others.
Become a Player by donating as much as you can. Work with other Players to decide what to spend the group’s money on. You have 1 hour to come to a decision. If you don’t decide unanimously in the allotted time you relinquish your privilege to spend the money and the money rolls over to the next group of Players.
If you’re the quiet observing type you can become a Silent Witness and watch as the group of Players attempt to decide how to spend the money they’ve donated. And if you want to voice your opinion you can always become a Player and buy your way in.
Spend the money on whatever you want. Be as creative as you like. Just keep within the law.
NB In late 2016 we changed the name “Benefactor” to “Player”.
We describe The Money as a “context specific” show. We try to site it in places of civic decision making. Ideally it is sited in the place of decision making for the community that will make up its audience. So this might be a Town Hall, City Chamber, or a Guildhall. The show works less well in blank spaces.
It has worked best to date at Houses of Parliament, and Exeter Guildhall – a building in which civic decisions have been made for around 10 centuries. Exeter Council still hold public meetings there. The gravitas of the space itself is important.
The show is an immersive experience. However, we borrow the real world of the space it is sited in to immerse, rather than dressing a space to create a fiction. In all other ways it should be treated as an immersive show. i.e. if something or someone is inside the space they are inside the show.
People booking for The Money can choose to be a Player or a Silent Witness.
To become a Player they pay minimum of £10 (this can change depending on currency) but as much as they like. (People often pay more).
To become a Silent Witness they simply buy a ticket at a set price (higher than the minimum of £10)
A Kaleider Production
Conceived and Directed by Seth Honnor
Collaborating Artist: Alice Tatton-Brown
Performers: Alice Tatton-Brown, Olivia Winteringham, Gemma Paintin, Angie Bual, Emily Williams (Producer 2013 – 2016), Kelly Marie Miller.
Peter Vanderford, Jonny Rowden, Paul Bull.
As he prepares to live stream performances from Australia in 2016, Seth Honnor talks about his experiences playing with different cultures.
“It’s all real people playing a game” Read full interview here: theatreanddance/britishcouncil.org
Interview by Cathy Gomez, Web Editor, British Council.
“The Money” Makes American Premiere at Arts and Ideas Festival – By Jonathan McNicol.
“Brilliant” The Guardian ★★★★
“The Money could be the greatest reality TV show that hasn’t happened yet” The Age
“This is a clever, thought provoking experience unlike any I’ve witnessed before” Total Theatre
“This deceptively simple piece is definitely on the money. It turns conversation into urgent, playful theatre” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“At the performance I saw, cringeworthy moments were balanced by acts of altruism, self-sacrifice, self-effacement, and quiet kindness.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
“The best piece of game-theatre I’ve encountered” Matt Trueman.
“This is a great example of genuinely site-specific theatre – work that is intrinsically tied into the environment around it.” The Stage.
“One of the most engaging and emotionally dense experiences I’ve had in a theatre space. Remarkable.” Russel Anderson.
@philgibby 28 Nov @TheKaleider #TheMoney – a dazzling play without actors which deserves to be revived again and again and again.
@BelDixon 29 Nov Just seen @TheKaleider’s The Money. It sets you thinking and keeps you thinking. Like its namesake – provocative and unpredictable stuff.
@honeyscribe 29 Nov @TheKaleider #themoney. Cash on table. The splendour of the Guildhall. Democracy. Impossible to define. Brilliant.
Fees: Upon request.
Venue: The Money needs to be sited in a place of past or present civic decision making. The venue needs to be agreed in advance with Kaleider as this is a context specific show.
Layout: We have used two layouts to date. Our default layout is as Exeter Guildhall. Both layouts were inherited from the way the spaces are set out for council/committee meetings, so if a city hall or chamber has a specific layout we would try to work with this.
Minimum size space: 5.5m x 11m
Requirements: PA System (to play background music at end of show)
Get-in: same day get – in. No pre rig required.
Lighting: As much as possible we use the lighting already available in the space.
Freight: Excess Baggage (Production case size: 847mm long x 722mm wide x 463mm deep)
Running time: up to 2 hours
Age suitability: No age limit. (U16’s must be accompanied by an adult).
Number on stage: 2 performers + Audience: up to 15 Benefactors & ~ 35 Silent Witnesses (Silent Witnesses are scalable)
Number on the road: 3
Contact for Touring: Katie Keeler (Executive Producer)