Show Me the Money tackles an issue of huge relevance to our society, and one that is particularly pertinent to participants of the Fringe: the inability for artists to sustainably live off their art. Through video interviews, personal stories and reflection, this one-woman show has the makings of a hard-hitting, inquisitive piece which highlights the absurdly unbalanced arts econony we have all decided to accept as normal.
Paula Varjack presents a worthy argument – namely, that artists routinely work for little or no compensation, something that would be inconceivable within other professions. However, despite its ocassionally witty and insightful dialogue, as well as important message, the show is blandly performed, with an unfocused style that borders on overindulgent, and which never gathers enough momentum to fully do justice to the important points it is making.
Furthermore, while the video interviews with artists are aptly used back up key points, Varjack tends to rely too heavily on the emotional impact of these rather than using facts to support her argument. Considering the very real and immense issue it is tackling, a balance of both passion and facts would have best suited this format, especially since the program discloses that a year’s research was done. The show does have some charm and the discussion around the unfair devaluing of artists and their work is certainly true. Sadly though, the final product fails to fully tackle this issue. 2/5