2015 has surely been a bumper crop for satire. We're barely into August and we've had an election with crazy plot twists, economic overhaul and royal arrivals. NewsRevue 2015 takes these circumstances (among others) and runs with them, turning the headlines into an incredibly slick sketch show.
The one-liners in between sketches throw a hefty punch and tackle some of the more controversial current affairs brilliantly.
It opens with a brilliant number on the Greek economic climate, and it's clear from the off that NewsRevue take no prisoners in their scathing interpretation of the year in review. It's entirely irreverent towards all the right people, Tories and Fox News proving particularly brilliant punching bags. The musical numbers are NewsRevue's forte, with the highlight being the incredibly versatile Simon Prag's turn as Nicola Sturgeon. It's a Disney send off which hits all the right notes, melodically and comically, and received rightly raucous applause from the audience. Katriona Perrett also delivers an amazing rap break in the most unexpected of places, making for a brilliant gem of an Eminem parody.
The one-liners in between sketches throw a hefty punch and tackle some of the more controversial current affairs brilliantly. Some of the longer sketches do tend to go on slightly longer than necessary and for this reason the punchline can sometimes be seen coming, but the ensemble cast are so dedicated to their characters that it's no issue in the overall show. Likewise, sketches based around the One Direction drama and London living do appeal more so to a younger audience but they are where NewsRevue’s collective writing team excel.
The finale is a powerful mash-up of the political climate and rounds off an incredibly strong set. The sketches aren't all groundbreaking but they are consistently funny and neatly put together by a charming cast. There's a wealth of talent behind the show and a sign that ever-evolving groups of cast and writers can be fantastic in the similarly changeable world of current affairs.