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Serious Money
     

Serious Money

by Caryl Churchill
 

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Serious Money is perhaps Caryl Churchill's most provocative play. It is a satirical study of the effects of the "Big Bang" boom of financial markets in the 1980s and how it gave rise to hectic, chaotic, high velocity work where human values are compromised for success and wealth.

The dialogue of the play is largely overlapping with the ingenious rhyming

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Serious Money is perhaps Caryl Churchill's most provocative play. It is a satirical study of the effects of the "Big Bang" boom of financial markets in the 1980s and how it gave rise to hectic, chaotic, high velocity work where human values are compromised for success and wealth.

The dialogue of the play is largely overlapping with the ingenious rhyming couplets and singsong verse. It is so stylized that Churchill even includes a rhymed soliloquy and a rap number. Language in the play is coarse, there being a particular emphasis on scatological humour, and the tone is overwhelmingly angry. Churchill's characters are drawn razor sharp cartoonishly. The play's plot revolves around financial wheeler-dealers that were born into the boom and want to maximize profits above all else. The tone is contemporary, edgy, witty and has been viewed by some as massively offensive: it is a perfect example of one of Churchill's most hard-hitting works.

This Student Edition contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play, a discussion of the various interpretations and notes on individual words and phrases in the text.

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“Brutally brilliant, savagely funny and appallingly realistic ...about the bankers...dealers...and media vultures.” —Sunday Times

“A breathless, exhilarating crash course in the low morality of high finance” —Independent

“Wants us to hear the very sound of megascale greed as it is practiced on that circuit of telephone wires and computer screens blinking 24 hours a day from Tokyo to New York.” —The New York Times

Sunday Times

Brutally brilliant, savagely funny and appallingly realistic ...about the bankers...dealers...and media vultures.
Independent

A breathless, exhilarating crash course in the low morality of high finance
The New York Times

Wants us to hear the very sound of megascale greed as it is practiced on that circuit of telephone wires and computer screens blinking 24 hours a day from Tokyo to New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413771209
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Student Editions Series
Edition description:
Student Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,002,418
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Meet the Author

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television and radio. Her acclaimed body of work also includes Three More Sleepless Nights (1980); Top Girls (1982); Fen (1983); Mouthful of Birds (1986); Serious Money (1989); The Skriker (1984); Blue/Heart (1998) and most recently Far Away in Autumn (2000) which transferred to the West End.

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