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The Power of Yes
On from 29 Sep 2009 till 18 Apr 2010
National Theatre
by David Hare
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

About: The Power of Yes

In retrospect is it fair to say that the idea that banks could manage risk was a total illusion?

On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt. As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines, this spring the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work to be staged this autumn that sought to find out what had happened, and why.

Capitalism works when greed and fear are in the correct balance. This time they got out of balance. Too much greed, not enough fear.

Meeting with many of the key players from the financial world, David Hare, author of The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens, has created The Power of Yes: a compelling narrative, as enlightening as it is entertaining.

Itís like a ship which youíre being told is in apple-pie order, the decks are cleaned, the metal is burnished, the only thing nobody mentions: itís being driven at full speed towards an iceberg.

Not so much a play as a jaw-dropping account of how, as the banks went bust, capitalism was replaced by a socialism that bailed out the rich alone.

Following the recent BBC2 drama, The Last Days of the Lehman Brothers and Michael Moore's new film, Capitalism: a Love Story, Michael Billington writes about current theatre pieces tackling the economic crisis.

Reviews

5 STARS
'Devastating... a mesmerising dramatisation'
Daily Mail

4 STARS
ĎĎEngrossing... Asks questions to which we all want to know the answers.' Guardian

ĎA passionate political documentary'
Evening Standard

'Riveting... an exhilarating lecture on the banking crisis.' Sunday Times

'If you want to understand the financial crisis you should go to the theatre' Independent on Sunday

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