Fringe Review: A Very Brexit Musical @ Just the Tonic
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This year at the Edinburgh Fringe, CG Productions’ A Very Brexit Musical provides a melancholy thorn in a student political satire, instead of encouraging a soothing cackle from its audience. If you’re at all anxious over Brexit, laughter is a recommended therapy and this show is as light-hearted and fun as you might expect from such a parody. But when Joris Bohnson disappears, the performance as a whole loses its comic stability and you’re just left with Dimbleby’s reminder that “we’re out”, and still a bit clueless.
Images courtesy of CG ProductionsCreated by Molly Cook and Musical director Anthony Gray of the University of Cambridge, the show recognises and banks on the UK’s tender political feelings, beginning with a striking red backdrop of UKIP’S Leave campaign bus slogan – the ominous claim that “350 million” is gifted to the EU every year lingers over every musical number and granted, every other message or gag is similarly not lacking any subtlety. The original production follows a newly qualified and bewildered journalist Peter, played by Rory Russell, who leads with an affable and somewhat dazed presence. Peter plummets into the comical and unhinged world of journalism at the Maily Dail and must decide what his moral and political leanings are; which side he is on and what does each side actually stand for, whilst his eccentric boss rules his career and sense of self.
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