Cambridge Junction’s spring theatre and dance season kicks off on February 16 with a performance of interactive theatre called The Money.
The premise of The Money is simple: there is cash on the table and the players must unanimously decide how to spend it. Participants can decide to play as a benefactor by donating at least £10, or a silent witness with the option to ‘buy in’ if they wish to have their voice heard. The benefactors have 90 minutes to agree how the money must be spent or it rolls over to the next event.
Created by Exeter-based company, Kaleider, The Money has been described as “the smartest piece of game-theatre” he’s encountered. Participants in the game, which has been played more than 40 times across the UK, (including the Houses of Parliament) have arrived at totally different outcomes each time.
“What’s interesting is that although each event is completely unique, there are common patterns that we can sometimes identify”, said Seth Honnor, who conceived the idea for Kaleider. “For example, players often consider donating the money to the host company or venue at the beginning of the game and about mid-way through a ‘random act of kindness’ is mooted. Approximately 20 minutes before the time’s up, as the pressure’s on to decide, you can feel the energy change especially if there are just one or two people opposing a majority decision.”
The Money will be performed at the Cambridge Guildhall in Market Square.
Box Office: 01223 511 511 or www.junction.co.uk.
Benefactor: donate as much as you can (minimum £10) or silent witness: £12 (£8 con).