The 2000s - Big Business
Harley Granville-Barker’s The Voysey Inheritance, directed by Kevin Jackson in 2006, concerns financial fraud. When young Edward Voysey becomes a partner in the family legal business he discovers his solicitor father has been defrauding clients for years and that family members knew this but feared scandal.
A satire on big business, the media and consumer gullibility, Ben Elton’s “breathtaking” first play Gasping was staged in 2011. Privatisation is taken to extremes when air is packaged and sold as the Suck and Blow machine. The cast included Alan Faulkner.
Lucy Prebble’s Enron charts the rise and fall of the US energy giant where corrupt practices lead to its collapse and the imprisonment of its executives. The play is set inside the bubble before it burst, exposing a world of glamour, hubris, risk-taking and spin. (In 2001 it was revealed that Enron executives, by means of accounting loopholes and misleading financial reporting, had hidden from its board and shareholders the corporation’s debt of millions of dollars from failed deals and projects. At the time it was the largest corporate bankruptcy in US history.) Enron was directed by NT's Artistic Director Louise Fischer.