‘Roaring Trade’ is the latest play to grace the stage at Finsbury Park’s intimate neighbourhood theatre venue, Park Theatre. It shines a spotlight on Canary Wharf, exposing the ugly dog-eat-dog world where money is everything and humility is unheard of. Playwright Steve Thompson (think Sherlock and Dr Who) has whipped up a storm of a script which sees speedy dialogue and short scenes offering a snapshot of life as a bond trader at investment bank McSorley’s.
Written in the wake of the financial crash, Roaring Trade is all about the people behind the screens: the competitive scramble to the top, the pressure of delivery, class rivalry, betrayal, insecurity, greed and pride. Director Alan Cohen has successfully ensured that the actors dialed up expression to the max; sitting a mere metre away from the stage the tension for the audience during scenes of conflict is electric, and the stress experienced by the characters truly palpable.