Knowing EU

Although this show might have been more useful to see before the EU referendum, Knowing EU’s straightforwardness pushes to one side all the unclear statistics and hot headed debating surrounding the referendum and presents nothing but clear facts. It is the perfect talk for all those who were tired of not knowing what to trust from politicians and media sources.

Unless you’re thoroughly interested and desperate to learn the real situation Britain is facing as it leaves the EU, some of you may find this talk highly boring

The talk is made up of mostly multiple choice questions, presented on a neat PowerPoint presentation. Geoffrey Brown, a witty, slightly eccentric man not afraid to admit how boring the splurging of facts to an audience can be, asks the audience what they think the answer could be; when most of them have got it wrong, he proceeds to detail every single fact and statistic about the subject he can muster. From immigration to international economic relationships, Brown manages to roll through every detail thinkable about the EU-UK relationship in the 50 minutes he has on stage.

There’s no doubt Brown is a good presenter. Clearly having been doing this for a while, he’s not afraid to mock himself and the bad jokes he consistently slips in throughout the talk. It warrants a few laughs but, in the end, unless you’re thoroughly interested and desperate to learn the real situation Britain is facing as it leaves the EU, some of you may find this talk highly boring. Towards the end, the continuous pour of questions and bad jokes can get quite tedious. There is no time to debate, only listen as information is regurgitated at you.

For those who feel displeased enough with the rollercoaster of unclear facts that came before the referendum, oor those who finally want to see all the EU referendum confusion cleared up for them, I would recommend this show in a heartbeat. Otherwise this talk quickly begins to feel like a recording of high school teacher slightly obsessed with governmental policies – admittedly though, one that does deserve an award for his onslaught of bad jokes.

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The Blurb

The UK has voted out… 48% scream and shout… Brexit plans are yet unclear… Brexiteers no longer appear… Will the Union end up dead? Interesting times lie ahead… Knowing EU takes a light-hearted but incisive look at the UK’s (and Scotland’s) possible future relationship with the EU. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – you may even discover a bit more about the EU, about some of the “facts” and “truths” presented by the campaigners, and the options for the future: the good, the bad and the ugly.