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The Just Price of Flowers
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The Just Price of Flowers

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2012 - 2013
 
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The Just Price of Flowers is a play about the 2008 financial collapse, set in 17th Century Netherlands.

Tulips were imported into Europe in the early 17th Century at a time when merchants were generating wealth through trade. Collecting exotic items was a fashion. A passion developed for tulips, their price rose rapidly and created the possibility of making profit through speculative buying.

For a brief time certain tulip bulbs were sold for prices equivalent to those of a house, or three years of a craftsman's wage.

In 1637 this financial bubble burst.

Using Tulipmania as its inspiration, The Just Price of Flowers finds the Van Leasings buying a tulip from Van Eek, using money borrowed from Van Hire. It follows them as they chase their dream of wealth through the growing complexities of futures trading, credit ratings, sub-primes, credit default swaps, and the horror of short selling.

This is a simple, austerity production, based on real events, explains the complexities of high finance with humour, in a straightforward way. There is also heartbreak, two songs and an origami peacock.

photo: Graeme Braidwood, courtesy Stan's Cafe

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www.stanscafe.co.uk
admin@stanscafe.co.uk
t: 0121 - 236 2273

PO Box 16044
Birmingham
B16 6SG
England


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