Business as (un)usual

This evening of short plays with a focus on business English was presented at the beginning of June 2010 at Reutlingen University and three weeks later with a slightly different cast at Brechtbau Theater, Tübingen.

The plays

In the Pirate Business

business piratesCertain developments in the last few years have definitely given capitalism a bad name. Businesspeople – mostly in finance and banking – have been called vulture capitalists, locusts, exchange sharks, predatory capitalists. Sometimes the more unscrupulous types of businesspeople have also been likened to pirates – who pillage and plunder, rifle and loot and then move on to attack the next company. But who’d have thought that it also works the other way round? Observe for yourself modern management’s influence on piracy….

The Recipe

Kate and JulieJulie and Kate were friends in school – but haven’t seen much of each other in the last few years. And now Kate needs Julie’s hep:

Julie: “You’re a project manager at an international company. You handle million dollar budgets on a daily basis. And you are telling me you cannot read a simple recipe? You’re kidding.”

Kate: “I think I maybe need some kind of translation.”

The Annual Financial Report Rap

presenting the reportEver thought that annual financial reports were boring? Stay tuned for MC Cash Flow and the Big EBIT, who – even though they are of course just Maggie and Anne from accounting – are going to present the report in a slightly different way this year. What will the boss think about it?


Madness with Method

Merry old England? Even Shakespeare had to think of audience figures. Blood, swordfights and raving lunatics are extremely popular among the audience – so he includes them in his plays. His manager, Richard, is also very keen on keeping the Bard’s plays up-to-date: how about integrating some interesting economic theories? Shakespeare is doubtful. Who has the better business sense?