In Boris The Musical 2: Brexit Harder, Blowfish Theatre go above and beyond in their noble and refreshing quest to ‘find the fun in the farce that is Brexit.’
It’s not easy to sustain over an hour of political satire, no matter how fertile the landscape, but – for the most part – Blowfish Theatre successfully elicits a steady stream of hoots, howls and titters from a willing and engaged audience in Boris The Musical 2: Brexit Harder at the King’s Head.
It’s pretty high-octane stuff, with barely a moment to collect one’s thoughts as mainstream political figures of past and present flit on and off the stage, jostling and joshing for supremacy with relentless energy. Our Boris is, of course, the constant in the chaos and James Ringer-Beck does a wonderful job of bringing the blonde bombshell’s absurdities to the fore, lampooning Boris without ever trying too hard. The laughs come naturally, and thanks to the often excellent script, Boris’ penchant for piffle and linguistic somersaults is rightly ridiculed.
Ringer-Beck is ably supported by a cohort of convincing and impassioned performers, each with his or her own comic insights into their respective caricatures. Particular highlights included Kyle Williams’ physical portrayal of Theresa May, Natasha Lanceley’s game-changing subversion of Jacob Rees-Mogg, Polly Bycroft-Brown’s sneering, toady Gove and Laurence Peacock’s turn as a rude-boi Jeremy Corbyn – adamant on giving away as much ‘free stuff’ as possible. Underpinning the general jollity is Dom Lo’s genre-hopping score: brisk, upbeat and suitably indicative of mood and character.
For an action-packed show with a running time of an hour and a quarter, any discerning theatre goer after a good laugh and, perhaps, an inward cry (considering the reality behind the farce) would do no better than head to the King’s Theatre to see Boris The Musical 2: Brexit Harder – great fun for Leavers and Remainers alike.