THE ROAD TO HELL

17/06/2013 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

ENRON
Presented by The New Theatre, June, 2013

Time being the blogger’s worst enemy we have had not a moment to properly think this play through. Although this is a poor excuse at best, having read the script some months in advance of an audition for a role, having sat in the small audience at a preview – it were sidelined somewhat by virtue of its ambition and enormity.

In English, please?

There’s a kind of epic doublethink one associates with the grand economic movements of our time. As a student of global economics in the late 90’s we witnessed the Enron collapse with a certain Neo-Marxist disdain.

Right. English. Sorry.

Anyone with half a brain could see the disproportionate wealth and greed was a ticking timer on a soufflé ready to collapse, so when it did, many of just shook our heads in a cynical half-obvious knowing way and continued to agitate futilely for awareness on the capitalist con.

Still with me?

But in our arrogance we saw just another bunch of wealthy banking pricks. In truth it’s possible this episode of history marks the beginning the most significant economic shift in recent memory. Only in hindsight can this be clarified, and the story, well dramatised by Lucy Prebble gives one of the more salient descriptions of how and why this will continue to impact us well into the future. Importantly it cracks open the core of what went wrong, not just on a dry economic and financial level but on the human scale as well. The ambition – well realised in the production rife with highly theatrical metaphor and vaudevillean showcase – reaching for something far bigger than the sum of it’s parts, perhaps it gets there, perhaps it doesn’t (we did only catch a preview). But even the sickle moon implies a whole.

And there is a LOT implied by even the slimmest glimpses of this story – too much to analyse in a mere weblog as this.

It’s a huge risk attempting to portray Jeffrey Skilling as some kind of hero – but in the true sense of the word – that’s what he was, a fatally hubristic idealist who fucked it up for everyone. In the vein of Agamemnon (without the craven bloodletting) – so certain of his vision, the heroism is a modern tragedy that must be told.

Kudos for the New Theatre team for taking it on and for anyone with a remote interest in modern history & the economics of what exactly has been happening over the past few years (for that matter, do you have an interest in keeping your job, or the cost of living?) – you will leave this play entertained, amazed and informed.

And that, my friends, is power.

ENRON by Lucy Prebble, directed by Louise Fischer, playing at the New Theatre until June 29th, 2013
featuring Alexander Butt, Gareth Cruikshank, Nick Curnow, Donald Ferguson, Lisa Fletcher, Peter Flett, Lisa Franey, Cheyne Fynn, Jorjia Gillis, Paige Leacey, Cassandra Lee, Tristan McKinnon, Alexander Saloyedoff, David Todd, Matt Young.

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