The creators of last year’s hit political parody
It doesn’t pack the punch of some more charged shows on this year, but I cannot accuse it of a single fault.
That said, the verbal, physical, and rhetorical tics of all three characters are pinned down to a T. Alan Cox’s precise portrayal of Boris Johnson’s bumbling mannerisms should make you worry if Cox ever attempts to go into politics himself - or it should make you question the true man or woman behind the smooth political fronts we’re so used to seeing. As the opening of the play aptly reminds us, coming across as authentic requires a lot of technique. The irony of making this statement in a theatre is not lost on the performers; the soliloquies are brilliant breaks from the dialogue, structuring the piece masterfully.
Even when the emotional pitch is raised, the humour remains unaffected, and the piece is too cheerfully self-conscious to really commit to a sense of personal tragedy. But it treads a wonderful line, all to the production’s benefit. It doesn’t pack the punch of some more charged shows on this year, but I cannot accuse it of a single fault.