The Price of Everything
There's an old Oscar Wilde quote about knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.
And for Daniel Bye, a theatre maker from Middlesbrough, it's a sentiment which is becoming ever more true.
"I was on a train when a woman fell over, so I helped her pick up her bits and pieces," he said.
"A guy opposite couldn't understand why I had helped out without any reward – he thought I was a Communist.
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"It was that sense that if you exhibit public good to someone you've never met, there's something strange going on.
"People are generally losing that sense of responsibility for each other – not everyone, and not everywhere – but I think that has diminished.
"I think it began during the '80s, and is an erosion which has continued."
The young actor became so perplexed by the fellow passenger's response – and by what he sees as a more money-driven approach to life – that he has written a show about it.
The Price Of Everything, which arrives at The Merlin Theatre Frome, on Friday, September 20 is a "performance lecture" – part comedy, partly informative – which uses humour to pick apart the issue.
"It was this sense that everything seems to have a price – and that when people are talking about value, they mean how much something costs," said Daniel, who performed the show at the Edinburgh Festival last year.
"The idea of being able to measure anything in any way other than money seems to have disappeared."
Daniel's discussions will also involve the audience, on issues from range from the price of a glass of milk to the current funding cuts.
"I like engaging with the audience, rather than pretending they are not there," he said.
"To have them sitting there in the dark and just ignore them seems rude."
The show is the latest project from Daniel – who staged his first play, at the age of nine, in his mum's living room.
"I don't know if I'd ever been to the theatre at that point," he said.
"But by the time I got to university to study English, I was doing more with drama than I was with my degree."
The intervening years have seen him direct plays by others, alongside staging his own original work such as Sanctuary – a play about a man who takes shelter in a York church as flood waters rise.
"Everything I do responds to something in society," he said.
"I hope that what I am doing is distinctive in that I blend a light comic approach in with some serious and thought provoking issues.
"There is a sense sometimes that if you are exploring issues you need to do so earnestly. I take a different tack.
"And the story goes somewhere more optimistic – it shows that people can move on to something much better."
Tickets cost £5.
For further information visit www.danielbye.co.uk.