EuroCrash! The Musical
Words by David Shirreff
Music by Russell Sarre
Directed by Ross Livingstone
This is the semi-serious story of the euro, wrapped in a fairy tale. We meet Mark and Gilda - the Hansel and Gretel of Euroland - as they discover the fantasy world of the single currency; Papa Kohl and Madame Mitterrand, a charming couple who hold it all together; the Snake, a clanky prototype; Jean-Claude Trichet, the last great eurocrat; the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain), paying for past profligacy; the dark eminence of the mighty Bundesbank; and the wild, exotic currencies of central Europe.
All this gives us something between Gilbert & Sullivan and Berthold Brecht, with hard-hitting lyrics and great songs - all original. A thoroughly entertaining show of not much more than an hour, which will appeal to experts and laymen alike. No previous experience of the single currency is needed.
It is thought-provoking, even educational. A must-see for anyone involved in or likely to be affected by the future of the euro.
EuroCrash ran successfully at the Old Sorting Office in Barnes, West London, in September last year and is touring Berlin and Frankfurt the heart of Euroland in January before coming to The Cockpit.