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The Gold Diggers of 1933 - Show Me The Money

When I began my research for Show Me The Money, my performance, video and research project tackling money in the performing arts, I went to the Colour of Money film season at the Barbican and I saw The Gold Diggers of 1933 for the first time. If you haven't heard of the film, you have almost definitely heard its opening number “We’re in the Money!” The film follows the story of four struggling actresses during the great depression. In the opening , the rehearsal for the musical they are in is cut short as creditors come in to shut it down, in some cases literally taking costumes and props off of those in the chorus line. It struck me just how age old the theme I was exploring, and I wanted to somehow nod to it in the show I was making but didn’t know how. I was also interested in taking on its note of hope, despite difficult times.

I had the idea to recreate the finale, with the audience of each show. Which was based on an idea I had used in a cabaret piece of mine, Jazz band where I create a jazz band and backing dancers from an audience (this was the result of a workshop challenge from the amazing Stacy Makishi, to create a moment of our dream performance with the resources we had available)