Geoff Winde: Money Is as Innocent as the Gun, 18/8/14

Geoff Winde: Money Is as Innocent as the Gun
Cortado Café, 244 Canongate
3:55pm until August 24th (seen August 18th)

Review: Becca Inglis

Geoff Winde is a hidden gem in the free fringe who can be found performing his ideologically charged “Money Is as Innocent as the Gun” in a dimly-lit subterranean room on Canongate. His is a radical attack on capitalism, which he carries out with both playfulness and clarity in a three-part performance. This event feels slightly like a lecture, with Winde guiding his audience through new and potentially controversial ways of thinking whilst yet avoiding being too dry or didactic. It is for those that appreciate critical thinking and challenging the status quo, and whilst it might feel like preaching to the choir for fans of ‘Zeitgeist’ and other such “anti-money” undertakings, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love hearing their opinions validated onstage?

Part storytelling, part long verse, and part short poem, Winde skilfully demonstrates a range of poetic devices that help him explode the myth that is money. What is striking about Winde is that he avoids the pitfall that many spoken word artists encounter, where the performance element is mainly manifested in projecting lines in varying volumes. Winde is more subtle, only shouting excessively to emphasise the urgency with which we are encouraged to “SPEND”. He takes evident delight in playing with words, pausing for example to consider the absurd juxtaposition in the phrase “concrete abstraction” or the potency of the syllable “mock in mockracy”. Money’s grasp on society is made palpable by Winde’s assault that uses theological metaphors, comparisons with police states, and the simple question, “When did we decide what money’s worth?” to unravel capitalism’s seeming invincibility.

Suitably, this event is totally free. Winde does not request donations because, as he points out, that would go against the theme of his poetry. He asks only that audience members visit his website, where streams of his performances can be viewed by the curious, and share his poems with others. Winde is looking for a change, and no matter what impact he does manage to make it was a pleasure to witness his creative and engaging attempt at instigating a dialogue.