The Treason Show

The Treason Show takes the news, parodies it, adds music and makes it irreverently entertaining. Full of humour from start to finish, it sprints from one sketch to the next with a sprinkling of gags in-between. 

None of the sketches fell flat and many were greeted with great hilarity by a diverse and very appreciative audience.

From Donald Trump to David Cameron, all the usual suspects appear with a few additional extras. The Lesley Phillips treatment of David Cameron went down very well with ‘Ding Dong’ resounding around the theatre, whilst Donald Trump’s appropriately ridiculous wig had a life of its own. The four piece cast played their parts brilliantly with stand-out performances all round. Joshua Plummer’s debut performance saw him playing his doppelganger Rodney from Only Fools and Horses and deadpanning a BBC Radio 4 EU Forecast while Mark Brailsford, founder of The Treason Show, morphed from Pope John Paul II into Donald Trump in a flash. His portrayal of a man suffering from Man Death to the strains of I Won’t Survive was simply masterful. You could feel the audience willing him to live. Mrs Huw Edwards played by Christine Kempell joined her husband in the BBC Newsroom to give him a hard time to great comedic effect and Sian Hutchinson’s Sarah Palin was scarily real. Beneath the audience’s laughter, you could vividly feel the fear.

The second half began with Mark Brailsford stepping out of his Treason Show role in a tribute to Junior Doctors. He soon stepped back in as a Fux News (not a typo) reporter on a trip to “Englandland”. The German version of The Treason Show quite simply brought the house down with the front row coming in for some flak. Featuring in both of these sketches, Sophia Behn’s guest appearance made a wonderful addition to an already great cast.

None of the sketches fell flat and many were greeted with great hilarity by a diverse and very appreciative audience. The writers delivered time after time and whilst some gags drew groans they were groans of appreciation and enjoyment. An encore was demanded and delivered and a joyful evening ended to the strains of Nelly the Elephant

Reviews by Gill Balfour

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The Blurb

The Treason Show - Brighton's legendary satirical comedy show now in it's record breaking 15th year. Founded by artistic director, Mark Brailsford in 2000, the show ran for nine years at Komedia Brighton before setting up shop at the Brighton Dome Pavilion Theatre in 2010 where the company perform regularly.