“As many of you may be aware, the UK charity sector is estimated to have lost £6 billion in fundraising last year.
To say we’re in a tough place financially is, well, a gross understatement. We are in dire need of funds.
Luckily, I have some excellent news…”
The Nyoni Youth and Community Project is offered a large donation from the Anders Corporation that promises to save the struggling charity. The source of the money is, however, an ethically questionable one and, as the details of the Anders Corporation’s dirty and damaging deeds come to light, the Nyoni Board – and the audience – are faced with an agonising decision: do we accept the money or do we reject it?
Secrets will be spilled, hidden and traded, loyalties and rivalries will be formed and broken as the charity’s board wrestles through the muck of this ethical dilemma and discussions soon spiral from professional to personal.
The audience plays the role of members of the charity: you will choose which breakout rooms to go into at different points in the play – and therefore what secret agendas and stories you overhear; in the end, you will vote on whether to accept the money with several possible endings depending on the result.
Commissioned from an idea by represent., Money is a unique interactive production that puts you right in the heart of the ethical dilemma. Will you accept the money?
★★★★ “Smart, needling writing, deftly delivered.” iNews
★★★★ “Chilling…intense…cleverly maintained.” West End Best Friend
★★★★ “Smart new play…fascinating and pertinent.” The Reviews Hub
“Ingenious…clever…spot on.” Guardian
Money will take place over Zoom and ticket holders will be emailed a link to watch on the day of the show.
Recommended for ages 12+. Please note that this production contains some strong language and sexual references.
represent. is supported by Texel Foundation with an accessibility grant from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.
This production is not connected with Kaleider’s The Money.
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Free with a ticket to Money at 7.30pm – just stay tuned after the show!
Thursday 6 May: Palm Oil Production
How bad is palm oil, really? Could palm oil ever be produced on the same mass scale sustainably? How have palm oil producers got away with causing so much damage in such a short space of time? Join us for a discussion with June Graham from Greenpeace and Ruth Strange from Ethical Consumer about palm oil, why it is produced and what effect it has on the environment.
June Graham is one of the 15,000 volunteers from around the world, who together, with others under the Greenpeace flag, spend some of their free time fighting for the environment, with creative local actions to positively affect communities, countries and the world at large. June is particularly passionate about the problems of deforestation and fighting to make the palm oil industry clean up its act and highlight the issue of how big brands use dirty palm oil and its derivatives from some of these forest destroyers.
Greenpeace is a movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction. Its vision is a greener, healthier and more peaceful planet. Its mission is to promote radical changes and new solutions to the ways we live on this planet so that we can all call it home for generations to come.
Ruth Strange is a researcher and writer at the Ethical Consumer co-operative. Early on in 2015, she worked on a palm oil guide for the Rainforest Foundation, and more recently has been involved in updating Ethical Consumer’s palm oil rating system, raising the bar on what large companies have to do to get a Best rating.
Ethical Consumer is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative, founded in 1989. It publishes an alternative consumer magazine 6 times a year and its website contains over 100 shopping guides, from bananas to video conferencing, rating companies on their ethics. Ethical Consumer’s ratings cover around 300 topics in 19 areas in 5 main categories. One of these areas is palm oil.
Discussion led by Isla van Tricht, playwright and author of Money.
Tuesday 11 May: Corporate Philanthropy
Stay with us after the performance to participate in a discussion about corporate philanthropy, its impact and what the ethical considerations are surrounding donations from corporates. We are joined by Laura Solomons who has a unique insight into both sides of the story and actress Sarel Madziya who plays the role of Angela, the CEO and Founder of the fictional Nyoni Youth and Community Project, in Money.
Laura Solomons is the Head of Donor Relations at the Sutton Trust and Chair of the Trustees at the Peter Minet Trust. She has previously held roles at Anthony Nolan, Scope and School-Home Support, with a focus on building charity-corporate partnerships. She studied philosophy of religion, which is where she first came to understand relationships as being at the heart of meaningful experience. Laura is passionate about exploring interesting and creative ways to connect donors to the causes they care about and show them the difference they have brought about.
The Sutton Trust fights for social mobility from birth to the workplace so that every young person – no matter who their parents are, what school they go to, or where they live – has the chance to succeed in life.
The Peter Minet Trust is an independent funder which supports inspiring charities based in Lambeth and Southwark.
Sarel Madziya is a 2020-1 represent. company member. Sarel has worked on a number of theatre projects, from working with Roy Alexander Weise at the Lyric Hammersmith to performing at VAULT Festival.
Discussion led by Katy Beechey, Programme Director at Texel Foundation and Executive Director of represent.
Thursday 13 May: Creating A Play for Zoom
The global pandemic has left no industry unscathed. Theatre is no exception. What has it been like making work over the past 14 months? Will the industry ever be the same again once this is all over? Stick around to hear what Isla van Tricht, author of Money, has to say about life as a theatre practitioner in the time of Covid-19, what it was like to write her first digitally-streamed play and working with Zoom as a performance space. She is joined by actress Nemide May who plays the role of Kaia in Money.
Isla van Tricht is a theatre, television, and games writer. Her work has been produced at venues including The Roundhouse, King’s Head Theatre, The Other Palace, VAULT Festival, Underbelly and 59E59 Theaters, New York. Recent credits include Becoming Electra, and Tits ‘N’ Teeth. Her work has been long-listed for The Bruntwood Prize, Verity Bargate Award and Papatango Playwriting Prize. She is currently on attachment with the Traverse Theatre and part of Hampstead Theatre’s Writers’ Group, mentored by Roy Williams.
Nemide May is a 2020-1 represent. company member. London-born Nemide is excited to return to the stage with represent. after a five-year break from acting to have her three children. Some of her professional credits include The Furey’s (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC), Doctors (BBC), award-winning web and television series Brothers With No Game, and US series Close Friends. Nemide also continues her work as the voice of business app Aapryl currently used in North America. As well as acting, Nemide has taken her hand to writing including a widely read blog Finding Nemi which has now been developed into a full-length one-woman show.
Discussion led by Guy Woolf, Creative Director of represent.
Trailer by NO CLASS.