Dare To Do (The Bear Maxim)
A new play by Mark Norfolk
- Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award
- Black African and Caribbean studies
- Inspired by the true story of Kweku Adoboli
- Published to coincide with the world premiere in London in May 2018
A humorous and poetic observation of the banking world through the story of a rogue trader
Meet ‘The Bear’. A wealthy trader, a family man, a success story. But his world is about to come crashing down when he loses his job, his wife, his self-respect. But he has plan, one that takes the tried and tested rules of the corporate finance world to the streets. Inspired by the true story of the infamous city trader who ran up the biggest loss in British banking history Dare to Do delves into the world of finance and its relationship with the world, and the people it owns.
The untold story of the man who broke the city – Kweku Adoboli.
Award-winning writer, Mark writes for film, theatre and radio. His theatre work includes Blair’s Children (co-author; Cockpit Theatre); Wrong Place (Soho Theatre); Where the Flowers Grow, Naked Soldiers, Knock Down Ginger (Warehouse Theatre) and in 2015 he became the first recipient of the Alfred Fagon Award’s Roland Rees Bursary. His films Shadow Gene, Ham & The Piper and Crossing Bridges (as writer and director) have won many international awards including Best Film and Best Director at Festfilm Kosovo, SevenArt Best Film, Best Feature Film at the Peloponnesian Film Festival, Best Film at the Black International Film Festival, Best Feature at the Carmarthen Film Festival, a Screen Nation Award and a Silver Chris Award in Columbus. He lectures in Screenwriting at Birkbeck, University of London.
About previous work
“…the UK’s first all-black production of Hamlet offers a fresh and hot-blooded re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s classic text, proving both that the play’s potential for adaptation has not yet been exhausted and that there are no limits on those able to do it.” – The Upcoming
“…it seethes with ideas… all provocative and intriguing… it has a gristly intensity and it’s performed with intelligence and fervour.” – The Times