Show Me The Money
Can you become an artist and still survive? - devised & performed by Paula Varjack
After six years of austerity, is it even possible to be an artist and make enough money for luxuries like bread? Show Me The Money is a funny, inspirational show by multimedia artist Paula Varjack looking at how artists manage to support their creative dreams.
Using a blend of documentary-style interviews with live performance, Varjack lifts the lid on what artists do to make ends meet. In doing so, Show Me The Money provides a painfully honest, yet ultimately optimistic portrait of life in contemporary Britain as government cuts bite.
Show me the Money has been developed at Jackdaw Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Bikeshed Theatre and Rich Mix supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. Trained in stage management, filmmaking and performance, she works across and combes disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word. She has performed at numerous arts festivals and cultural spaces including: BAC, The Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, The V&A, Richmix, The Southbank Centre, and The Photographer’s Gallery.
Jeremy Spafford, director of The Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford:
“Show Me the Money is a funny, warm and painfully honest exploration of the seeming impossibility of making art and making a living. It will ring very true for jobbing artists everywhere but it also speaks of a generation trying to survive in a world stacked against them with housing costs spiralling and public subsidy plummeting. Paula Varjack lays herself bare on stage linking live performance with cleverly edited film. Somehow, despite the mess which is modern capitalism, she leaves the audience feeling optimistic about the future simply because there are so many good people out there determined to use their talent to do the right thing. This show deserves to be seen.”
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