No haven for greed in Caroline Horton’s Islands at the Bush Theatre

Caroline Horton in Islands. Photography by Edmund Collier. (3)

There’s nowhere for the wealthy to hide in Caroline Horton’s hard-hitting black comedy, Islands, which makes its debut at the Bush Theatre in January.

Exploring the impact of tax havens, avoidance and evasion around the world, Islands mixes sharp, angry satire with grotesque physical humour to create a unique and unsettling play.

Islands is an ink black comedy about tax havens, enormous greed, and the few who have it all.

Join Olivier Award-nominated artist Caroline Horton and her filthy ensemble on Haven, a bizarre and monstrous world where no-one has to pay…. for anything.

Devised in consultation with experts on offshore finance, Islands sounds a warning siren that we ignore the tax practices of wealthy individuals and multinational companies at our peril.

Oxfam estimates that there is $18.5 trillion siphoned out of the world economy into tax havens by wealthy individuals alone.

Christian Aid has calculated that 1,000 children die every day as a result of tax evasion.

Instrumental in the show’s creation has been Horton’s conversations with economist John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network, as well as her experiences at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

Caroline Horton and Omar Elerian previously collaborated on the hit Olivier Award-nominated show You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy. Horton’s most recent show was the award-winning Mess.

Islands will be the opening show of artistic director Madani Younis’ 2015 season at the Bush. It will be directed by his associate director, Omar Elerian.

Cast: Hannah Ringham, Simon Startin, John Biddle, Seiriol Davies, Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton (writer and performer) is a theatre maker, performer, writer and director based in Birmingham.

She was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre for You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy.

The play also won Best Solo Performer at the 2010 Stage Awards and was nominated for Best Theatre Performer 2011 at Adelaide fringe.

She’s an associate artist at Birmingham Rep and former Associate at the Bush Theatre.

Islands runs from January 15-February 21.

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