The Cost of Everything

What would it take to change everything? What would it cost to stay the same?

Living is getting expensive. Everything is getting expensive. Food prices, fuel bills, housing costs, just… everything. What do we need to do to keep affording to live? Can we change how our city works, and who our city works for?

The Cost of Everything is an interactive performance/game show for simultaneous live and online players which interrogates the cost of living crisis by building a brand new model city, live on stage.

You can choose to join us in person, or play from home via livestream.

Those who join the livestream will be our remote workers – playing from home, you will decide how our city grows, and how we tackle upcoming crises. Do we need more houses? New food supply chains? Should we shift to nuclear power, or renewables?

Those with us in person will be our key workers – working directly within the model, helping us to build new houses, grow new food, develop new power stations – either playing from your seat or joining us on stage.

However you decide to play, you will have the power to completely change where we go, what we build, and where our priorities lie.

Can we find a way out of the cost of living crisis?

Watch LIVE AND ONLINE in Autumn 2023!

Thursday 21st September 2023, 8pm
Friday 22nd September 2023, 8pm

The Lowry, Salford

Thursday 5th October 2023, 7:30pm
Friday 6th October 2023, 7:30pm

Oxford Playhouse (Burton Taylor Studio)

Wednesday 25th October 2023, 7:45pm

Harrogate Theatre

Tuesday 14th November 2023

Enable Us Festival, Sheffield

Thursday 16th November 2023

The Dukes, Lancaster

Friday 17th November 2023

Square Chapel, Halifax

Directed by Anoushka Bonwick
Written by Elliot Hughes

Performed by Janelle Thompson, Steph Reynolds, Elliot Hughes

Produced by Veronika Diamond
Set/Props/Costume Design by Rachel Shore
Livestreaming/Technical Design by Jason Crouch
Music/Sound Design by Foz Foster
Lighting Design by Andrew Crofts
Graphic Design by Pencil Bandit

Dramaturgy by Sinead O’Brien
Economic Advice from Maeve Cohen
Marketing Support from Agathe Rault
Understudy/Zoom Support from Leni Murphy

Previously performed/devised with Emma MacLennan

Commissioned by The Lowry, Salford.

Supported by The Dukes, Lancaster & Arts Council England.