President Donald Trump and Boris Johnson will make appearances in Stourport this March. And they’ll be singing! OK, fine, maybe not the real Donald and Boris but Trump the Musical and Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder are coming to The Civic on the 9th and 10th.
Following sold out runs in London, Birmingham and Sheffield last year, Trump the Musical features King Nigel Farage’s plan to sell the newly independent Scotland to Trump as a golf course, Kim Jong Un’s unusual nuclear negotiating tactics, and a Presidential state visit to post-Brexit England. Meanwhile, Boris 2 tells the story of Britain’s most famous politiclown, from the playing fields of Eton to Brexit Britain 2019.
Both shows are the work of satirical outfit Blowfish Theatre. “We really didn’t think our first show Boris the Musical would last six months,” said Co-Artistic Director Kyle Williams. “That was our first mistake. Our second was to form a satirical theatre company three months before the election of Donald John Trump.”
But with ‘events, dear boy, events’ occuring ever more frequently, the Sheffield company felt it was time to return to their first love and update Boris. “The total amount of UK politics has increased by about 400% in two years,” said writer Laurence Peacock. “It’s getting silly now. We’ve all noticed it. So squeezing the Deal, tory party coups, Labour’s EU ambivalence, and Boris’ ambitions into 90 satirical minutes has been tricky. But we did it. And with gospel music and death metal too.”
With a live band and cast of six, audiences can expect disco Putin, Gospel Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg getting “brexy” (Brexit sexy). “And that’s just the stuff we’re happy to tell you about,” said Williams.
But do theatre goers actually want to spend an evening with The Donald or Boris Johnson? “Haha. They really do,” says actor Polly Bycroft-Brown, who plays Trump. “They love getting up close and personal with the President. There’s something cathartic about laughing at something so monstrous. And of course, without spoiling the ending, I can say that it doesn’t go very well for The Donald.”
9th March, Trump the Musical, 7.45pm
10th March, Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder, 2pm. Trump the Musical, 7.45pm
Box Office: 01299 823339
Age recommendation: 14+
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