Business as (Un)usual: an Evening of Short Plays

business_posterJune/July 2010

(co-production with “The Business English Theatre Project”)

In the Pirate Business: Certain 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, and 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 around? Modern management’s influence on piracy….

The Recipe: Julie and Kate were friends in school, but they haven’t seen much of each other in the last few years. And now Kate needs Julie’s help:

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 need some sort of translation.”

The Annual Financial Report Rap: Ever thought that annual financial reports were boring? Stay tuned for MC Cash Flow and the Big EBIT, who – even though they are in reality just Maggie and Anne from accounting – are going to present the  report in a slightly different way this year. What will the boss think of 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: he suggests the idea of integrating some interesting economic theories? Shakespeare is doubtful. Who has better business sense?