NewsRevue

If you like fast-paced political satire, polished with a high degree of musical theatre and jazz hands, this is the show for you! As to be expected from the team at NewsRevue, The Brexorcist neither fails to deliver nor scrimps on pomp and circumstance.

Fast-paced political satire, polished with a high degree of musical theatre and jazz hands

All four players show a high degree of skill in their repertoire. Brett Sinclair steals the show as Melania Trump. Maya-Nika Bewley presents a pitch-perfect Theresa May, with physicality, mannerisms and facial expression inducing much laughter from the audience. Her solo song On My Own brought the house down. Althea Burey is strong across the board, with her Boris Johnson voice and mannerisms down to a tee. Her Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Independence monologue proved a real hit, Scottish accent included. Christian James’s ‘beige’ Corbyn also hit the spot.

Musical director Andrew Linnie holds the show together from his keyboard, providing entertaining and apt musical accompaniment both alongside and between sketches. He takes us through musical genres from rap to Hair, the Spice Girls to Les Mis.

The show opens with an all singing, all dancing Spice Girls soundtrack synopsis of the current state of British politics and environmental catastrophe, pining for the perceived ‘good old days’ of the nineties.

Gems include: a John Bercow Mastermind sketch, singing avocados, a Harry and Meghan mortgage interview, a song about corporation tax avoidance. Other topics covered include les gilets jaunes, gender in the comedy writer’s room, teen knife crime, Extinction Rebellion and our plastic-choked oceans. A reference to how Edinburgh Fringe flyerers could be utilised for a ‘useul’ purpose brought the house down.

Don’t miss the HM Government satire of song Every Breath You Take, reappropriated to inform users of online pornography about the obligatory identity declaration. Sinclair and James’s moon duet took levels of slapstick clowning from the sublime to the ridiculous, with the pair’s obvious enjoyment at their clowning around creating an infectious roll of laughter, around the full house of the Underbelly. A Les Miserables themed Brexit countdown finale climaxed with Burey killing it as Bo-Jo, singing a subverted Master of the House.

The Brexorcist will leave a fiendishly funny glint in your eye, accompanied with laughter-muscle strain in your belly. Catch NewsRevue now, before they exit the stratosphere.

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This multi award-winning show is flawlessly delivered by four outstanding performers at lightning speed expertly accompanied by an on-stage musical director. NewsRevue's exceptional writing, superlative performances and ever-original takes on current affairs have made it a Guinness World Record breaker, Fringe First winner and a Perrier finalist. With 100% brand-new content and a phenomenally talented new cast every year. It's 'an irreverent, outrageous, hilarious satire that allows you to laugh at the awful reality of current events' (VoiceMag.uk). Born in Edinburgh on 18th August 1979, NewsRevue is delighted to return to its birth town on its 40th anniversary.

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