The market is a wind-up toy [OLD 505 THEATRE 2019]
”Political theatre dredged from the crisis of late capitalism...” — FOUR STARS (THE AGE)
"An unapologetically raucous night spent skewering the economic status quo." — AUDREY JOURNAL
Directed by: James Jackson
Written by: Lindsay Templeton and James Jackson
Dramaturg: Elizabeth Brennan
Sound Designer: Justin Gardam
Lighting Designer: John Collopy
The Market Is A Wind-up Toy – the latest radical political work from The Bloomshed, creators of ‘The Nose’ (Winner, festival director’s award, Sydney Fringe 2017).
It’s the end of the world sale – all things reduced to clear – time to take stock of what we have and flog it till it stops breathing. The market has collapsed, leading economists are jumping out of skyscraper windows, the golden bull has been put down. Arvid Flatpack has to fix it. Watch him journey down to the darkest recesses of hell to recurrent the only system that works – the free market.
Born out of the wintry depths of a suburban backyard shed, contemporary Melbourne theatre group The Bloomshed bring their latest work to the Old 505. Emerging writer and theatre maker, James Jackson, in collaboration with Bloomshed regulars Lindsay Templeton, Justin Gardam and John Collopy, are taking inspiration from Dante, Virillio and Crawford and turning it into a critique of techno-utopianism.
The Bloomshed aims to create cutting edge, political theatre. Reinvigorating classic texts through a combination of new writing and devising, The Market Is A Wind-up Toy is the company’s latest attempt to make something new by cannibalising the old.