THE BLOOMSHED

WE BEGAN IN A BACKYARD SHED.

WE MAKE CUTTING EDGE, POLITICAL THEATRE.

WE CREATE THE NEW BY CANNIBALISING THE OLD.

Photo: John Collopy

Photo: John Collopy

THE MARKET IS A WIND-UP TOY

@ THEATRE WORKS AS PART OF THE MELBOURNE FRINGE festival 11 - 21st SEPTEMBER

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“DO IT FOR DEMOCRACY. DO IT FOR FREEDOM AND COMFORT AND FLAT-PACKED HOME FURNITURE!”

THE MARKET IS A WIND-UP TOY – the latest piece of protest theatre from The Bloomshed, creators of ‘The Nose’ (Winner, Festival Director’s Award, Sydney Fringe 2017).

In the highest tower on the highest hill in the richest country in the world™ the five most powerful IKEA executives are enjoying the fruits of their labour. Their flat packed furniture has spread across the world. They have revolutionised what it means to be HUMAN, what it is to be FREE. They are the Gentlemen of the Enlightenment.

Then the market collapses. The GOLDEN BULL enters ready to explode his brains all over the skyscraper windows. 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. Contain the damage. Bail out the banks. Leading economists jump out of skyscraper windows, the GOLDEN BULL is put down. Bit by bit the IKEA CORPORATION falls to pieces, till all that’s left is one pathetic customer service representative: Arvid Flatpack. He has to fix it. He must journey down to the darkest recesses of hell to resurrect the only system that works. CAPITALISM! 

Born out of the wintry depths of a suburban backyard shed, contemporary Melbourne theatre group The Bloomshed bring their latest work to Theatre Works. Winning the Critic’s Pick at Sydney Fringe Festival 2018, THE MARKET is BACK. Emerging writer and theatre maker, James Jackson, in collaboration with the Bloomshed, has taken inspiration from Dante’s inferno and transformed it a diatribe against rampant free market capitalism.

The Bloomshed creates 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.

Proudly presented at THEATRE WORKS as part of the MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL

Season: 11 – 21st September

Times: Tue – Sat 9pm; Sun 8:30

Address: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

REVIEWS

“Political theatre dredged from the crisis of late capitalism”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ THE AGE

“A genre-defying production”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐THEATRE NOW SYDNEY

 “An unapologetically raucous night spent skewering the status quo”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  AUDREY JOURNAL

“The Bloomshed have established themselves firmly as experts in reanimating older texts, bastardising classic texts to create cutting, political contemporary theatre.”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ THEATRE PEOPLE

 

CAST AND CREATIVES

Presented by: THE BLOOMSHED

Directed by James Jackson

Lighting design: John Collopy

Sound design: Justin Gardam

Performed by: Edan Goodall, James Malcher, Liv Bishop, Emily O’Connor, Imogen Walsh and Elizabeth Brennan