By Anders Lustgarten
A hamster doubles in weight every week until puberty, after which its rate of growth slows down. But what if it continued to grow at that rate? What if a bunch of people in the West Midlands decided continual growth in hamsters was a good idea?
The Hamster is a dark comedy inspired by an inspired observation, made by Andrew Simms and Viki Johnson of the New Economics Foundation. They likened continual growth of the economy to continual growth in nature and thereby drew attention to the perils – and the surreal nature – of economic growth.
And so our rapacious rodent was born.
NICOLA LOUISE FORD
DAVID NICK CHAMBERS
MR MARSHALL PATRICK DRIVER
MRS BANNISTER ILLONA LINTHWAITE
REG TAYLOR JOHN YAPP
ROBERT BENSON DOMINIC HAWKSLEY
OTHER PARTS PLAYED BY BILL NASH, ANIA TOMASZEWSKA-NELSON, AVITA JAY, OLIVER LAVERY AND ANDERS LUSTGARTEN.
SOUND AND MUSIC
ALISDAIR MCGREGOR AND HOWARD JACQUES
PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
THANKS TO ANDREW SIMMS, VIKI JOHNSON AND NEF (NEW ECONOMICS FOUNDATION) AND TO NISHIL SOLANKI