a gameshow about class war
Stereotypes were shot down in gales of laughter in Class Act (****) as the affable Harry Giles provided sweets and serious food for thought by playing games about capitalism and the class system with us.
— Mary Brennan, The Herald
A 90-minute game show which occupies the territory between game show, lecture and political polemic, dividing the audience into three classes, handing out sweeties, quizzing us on what we know about class, and then allowing the economic system to do its worst, in promoting inequality and exploitation.
— Joyce Mcmillan, The Scotsman
We’re all in it together. We’re all middle class now. Class politics is dead. Class war is over. Class Act is a cutting and irreverent take on these and other lies.
Part performance, part workshop, part series of games, and part blazing argument, Class Act is an interactive entertainment variety looking at where we come from, what that means, and what you’re going to do about it.
Class Act was commissioned by the Ovalhouse for their Counterculture season, and further developed at the Sprint and Buzzcut festivals.
Class Act is a 90-minute gameshow for up to 60 people (plus a peanut gallery of observers). It is designed for studio theatres, but can be adapted for anywhere with seating and at least 10 x 10 feet of playing space. The performance requires:
- A projector and screen
- A table and chair
- A technical operator
- A budget for sweets
- Watch the trailer
- Read a reflection on the show and its audiences
- View a slideshow of photos
- Read the development blog for the original production
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a full tour pack and costings