Enron (and offending Americans)

A play I really wish I’d got the chance to see when it was on a few years ago was Lucy Prebble’s Enron. It was play which explored the infamous financial scandal through the use of physical theatre, fantastical elements (men with velociraptor heads spring to mind) and also musical numbers. Not the obvious way one might stage a production on something of this topic! I read the play whilst studying creative writing and it was fascinating just how specific the writer had been with her stage directions, from reading it you had an incredibly clear picture of how it should be staged and what the ‘feel’ of the show should be. Here is a clip from the original West End production.

Interestingly, whilst is was a massive hit in the West End it closed after only 15 shows on Broadway! This video goes some way in explaining why – interestingly in the video, a critic who reviewed the show put the early closing down to the topic being ‘too close to home’. He also suggests that a British show satirising one of America’s biggest banking scandals could be seen as a form of ‘mocking’ the American culture. Both are interesting points yet I wonder if there are any American stage shows mocking British events? And if so, would they get the same reaction from the native audience? As always, answers on a postcard (or a comment)!

1 thought on “Enron (and offending Americans)

  1. All the propaganda about the “special relationship” between Britain and America conceals one very fundamental difference between our two cultures.

    For many Brits, America is the Land of the Free and home to Hollywood, Disneyland, The Big Apple and all things wonderful and desirable.

    But, for many Americans, Britain is the land of the tyrants, oppressors and invaders they had to revolt against before they could become the Land of the Free!

    Why else did it take America so long before it decided to enter both World Wars? And why else are Brits so often cast as the villains in Hollywood movies?


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