Daniel Bye juggles with comedy and tragedy, roughness and polish, truth and lies. He wrestles down big ideas about the world until they're small enough for us all to swallow. He wants you to laugh, cry, gasp and change the world. Because we're all part of history, and that means we can all change it.
How much is beauty worth? What will people pay for an air guitar on eBay? Can I have a glass of milk?
These urgent questions – and others – are answered in The Price of Everything, a performance lecture/stand-up storytelling show about value. Daniel Bye's whistlestop tour of bizarre facts and extraordinary stories is occasionally shambolic and often misguided – but always a joy to watch. Part stand-up, part storytelling, The Price of Everything asks one of the most important questions in our culture: why do we have to measure absolutely everything in money? It's comic, it's provocative, it's a little bit interactive and it's a little bit sad.
Dan's work appeals to audiences of theatre, solo performance and stand-up across all age groups. Dan enjoys and values working closely with every venue to maximise shared resources and contacts, and to promote every show as fully and effectively as possible. A separate marketing pack is available to help with this.
Suitable for end-on or thrust spaces. Previous venues have been 50-120 seaters but the show has worked well in far bigger spaces.
Workshops: Dan offers a range of workshops, aimed at artists, audiences and educational contexts. Topics explored include storytelling, solo performance, comedy in performance, constructing political performance. These topics can be explored in a range of ways, practical and theoretical.
Discussions: a post-show discussion is available for every venue.
Residencies: relationships between artists and venues are always stronger when they take a longer view. At some venues Dan stays around a bit longer, with some friends, to work on new projects. Venues can be instrumental in enabling a lot of new work, as Dan often brings other solo artists into the room as part of a project called Can't Do This Alone.
"A terrifically engaging and questioning hour...ca thoughtful delight."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Whilst appearing to be doing little more than chatting amiably, Bye smartly and subtly plays with our ideas about value and its relation to ideology, and also about theatre."
"Bye is such a funny, charismatic performer that it is hard not to get caught up in his utopian vision of a society based on kindness."
"An engaging and thought-provoking experience, The Price of Everything is a gentle but questioning hour with a charming, eloquent and intelligent host."