Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows
  • By Liam Rees
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  • 8th Aug 2016
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  • ★★★★★

Ding dong, the witch isn’t dead! And this time it’s definitely cause for celebration! After her previous success as an ‘international cabaret superstar’ Maggie is back in business with her brand new game show that’ll briefly make you cheer for the 1% and austerity – being part of the ‘Nasty Party’ has never felt so good.

It’s not subtle and it’s definitely not PC but it’s also everything you didn’t know you wanted!

Accompanied by her glamourous assistants, Gove and Osborne, Maggie takes us on a rollercoaster ride through post-Brexit Britain, pitting the Strivers against the Skivers in a series of increasingly ridiculous games. With games such as Check Your Privilege and Wheel of Misfortune, here’s your chance to indulge your secret desire to destroy the NHS (figuratively) and rip up the European Convention on Human Rights (slightly more literally). Naturally who wins and who loses is completely arbitrary but in classic Maggie fashion she’ll make you ask if you really care anyway (Spoiler Alert: You probably don’t).

The comic interplay between Maggie and the whole host of political cameos is a side-splitting treat to watch, from a messianic Jeremy Corbyn to a rap battle with none other than Angela Merkel. The tech team deserves a huge amount of praise for their perfectly timed sound effects and voice overs that ensure the laughs come thick and fast along with some delightfully awful singalongs. Additionally the gaudy and over-the-top set and lighting design ingeniously parodies our most loved Saturday night game shows and helps keep Maggie’s political commentaries undoubtedly tongue in cheek. Despite all the laughs from the supporting acts, rest assured that Maggie firmly and unapologetically remains the star of the show – she’ll hurl insults at you with a knowing grin on her face and you’ll love her for it. To put it simply, it’s not subtle and it’s definitely not PC but it’s also everything you didn’t know you wanted!

Reviews by Liam Rees

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UNCONDITIONAL

★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Signals

★★★
Summerhall

Everything Not Saved

★★★
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Daughter

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Pleasance Dome

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

★★★★
CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

Chase Scenes

★★★

Performances

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The Blurb

Ding-dong the witch is back! Multi award-winning Fringe sensation Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho presents the most fabulous game show of all. Fresh from total sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs in 2014 and 2015, the Iron Lady has now set her sights on light entertainment. Join Maggie as she makes audience members compete for their golden giro cheque. There'll be songs, games and of course... catchphrases! 'So much fun Theresa May will probably outlaw it' (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (Attitude.co.uk). 'Glorious camp with political punch' **** (Times). 'Dame Edna has an unlikely rival' **** (Telegraph).