Money... The Game Show

The Arches presents Platform 18 winner Clare Duffy

Money... The Game Show

Tue 5 - Sat 9 Apr 2011 | 8.30pm (7pm on Thurs) | Tues: £5 // Wed-Sat: £11/£8

Casino (Brian Ferguson: Black Watch, Dark Things) and Queenie (Pauline Lockhart: Girls of Slender Means) used to be hedge fund managers. Before the financial crisis of 2008, that is. Now, in an inspired - or desperate - career move, they’ve turned to performance art in an attempt to discover the value of money.

Playing with £6000 in actual pound coins – in fact, the money awarded to director Clare Duffy on winning the Platform 18 award – the audience must hedge their bets and take a side as our two protagonists guide them through their life stories and a series of participatory games, posing two surprisingly haunting questions for our times: What is money? What do I really think it’s worth?

This politically sharp, wonderfully current show, written and directed by Clare Duffy, mixes humour and outright fun with a deeper, more disturbing message.

In association with the Traverse Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland.


Clare is a part-time doctoral student at the University of Glasgow, a freelance playwright and founding member of Unlimited Theatre, who she continues to work with. Currently writing for Stellar Quines, (Edinburgh), Imago Theatre (Montreal) and Magnetic North (Edinburgh), she has also recently written drama for Radio Four. Her first full-length play, Crossings, toured the UK after winning a Pearson award, and was published in 2005 by Sgript Cymru.


There are 17 platforms at Glasgow’s Central Station. If platform 18 existed, where would it lead? The Arches Platform 18 Award (formerly the Arches Award for Stage Directors) gives groundbreaking, risk-taking emergent artists the chance to show us.

Committed to supporting the UK’s best emergent theatre makers, winners are offered the unique opportunity to stage a fully-funded production at the Arches and the Traverse Theatre, with the full artistic and practical support of both venues. With previous winners including Nic Green and Davey Anderson, the Platform 18 Award is a vital step in the journey for artists setting off in exciting new directions.

Money… The Game show will be performed at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh from 14th – 17th April 2011 as a double bill with fellow Platform 18 winner, Pause With A Smile.