The Power
of Yes

By David Hare
Director Sam Strong

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 17 April – 30 May 2010

“A dramatist seeks to understand the financial crisis” is what David Hare has subtitled his new play. Just as Dante went into Hell to find love Hare plunges into the financial inferno in search of some sense. The Power of Yes is about his own journey from bewildered everyman to dinner companion with one of the world’s financial gods. Along the way we get a frightening and funny parade of the key players, and a brilliant illumination of one of the biggest cock-ups in the history of capitalism.

Following on from Stuff Happens and Gethsemane, The Power of Yes crowns a Company B / David Hare trilogy about the power-players of the new millennium. In The Power of Yes, Hare puts the giants of finance on stage in their own words and looks for where it all went wrong. In some ways it’s a search for a villain, in other ways it’s a cheeky act of social service – turning the mess into a theatrical adventure for financial experts and householders alike.

The Power of Yes is about as urgent and immediate as theatre can get, but it’s also about the grand old themes: greed, ambition, pride and knowing better. Sam Strong makes his Company B Belvoir debut with this magnificent, witty piece of theatrical arraignment.


By David Hare
Director Sam Strong
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Assistant Director Nikola Amanovic
Voice & Accent Coach Danielle Roffe
Stage Manager Mark Lowrey
Assistant Stage Manager Edwina Guinness


John Derum
Jonathan Elsom
Russell Kiefel
Brian Lipson
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
Amber McMahon
Rhys Muldoon
Luke Mullins
Marshall Napier
Graham Rouse
Christopher Stollery
David Whitney


Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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