Nicholas Pierpan has descended into contemporary darkness in his epic and fluent dissection of the financial crisis, and its impact on the very people who created it. Edward (Tim Delap) finds himself on the sharp end of the Lehman Brothers implosion and sees the life he fought for begin to unravel. Desperate to compete with his ruthless hedge-fund manager mate (a sweaty Ben Lee), he begins collecting and then shedding scruples like a trader on some moral stock exchange.
The sweep of Pierpan's play is impressive. Taking its time and trusting in its audience's intelligence, the play takes in Edward's disintegrating family life, his working-class roots, the rotten cankers at the heart of Britain's finance industry, the impotence of regulators and the appalling conclusions of rampant free-market capitalism. The topics may sound dry, but Pierpan's script skitters with energy and Matthew Dunster's direction has a formal clarity to counterbalance the economic obscurities.
'You Can Still Make a Killing' is full of hateful specimens of humanity, and its presentation of women occasionally veers into the uncomfortable (mumsy brooders versus vacuous yoga-addicts). But as an incisive dissection of some of the world's vilest types, it is vital and perfectly timed.
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It was when I caught myself idly wondering why tim delap was acting in an off west end play when he could be making a fortune in the city that I realized how good this is. See it if you can.
Excellent...most enjoyable play I've seen in a while. Great cast and punchy script, time flies as you become engrossed in the lives of these people.
Technically smart text - I think - and very emotionally engaging and enthralling. It really brings home a subject and world which, to the vast majority of us, seems so far away from reality. Delivered at a pace befitting for the industry with strong personality throughout to match. A great watch which kept me interested right until the end - and even beyond. Great stuff!
Brilliant thoughtful play, completely engrossing, well acted, excellent script. Best play I have seen for a long time and only £14 each!
Gripping, relevant, clever and amazingly well acted. Perfectly captures the swagger of the city and those that thrive and fail within its walls. Highly recommended!