Inspired by the recent global financial crisis, the latest play from rising theatre star Beth Steel tells the story of the similar crisis that hit US banks and Latin American countries in the 70s and 80s.
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‘Three years ago the doomsayers were predicting the end. Financial apocalypse. But the system survived. Because the system works. Time to take advantage of the goodies on offer.’
1978, New York. John Anderson is barely out of college and has landed himself a job on Wall Street. His dreams of unimaginable wealth, travel and power are made a reality as he jets around the globe selling loans to developing countries eager to borrow. And there are plenty – Mexico, Brazil, Argentina…
But cracks in the banks’ excessive lending strategy soon start to show. Despite the warning signs – and their consciences – John and his colleagues continue to pursue their targets, threatening to leave them all financially, and morally, bankrupt.
Labyrinth premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in September 2016.
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