There is something quite special, and thoroughly entertaining about theatre which proudly roots itself in the realms of silliness. I think it’s fair to say Brexit the Musical is, quite frankly, silly. It’s utterly ridiculous. But its sheer commitment to the gimmick and ambition to be as silly as it can possibly be, creates a production which is undeniably fun. Brexit the Musical follows Boris Johnson and Michael Gove as they search for George Osborne’s plan after unwittingly, and unintentionally, winning the 2016 EU referendum while an eclectic selection of politicians deal with the aftermath of an unexpected Brexit.
‘The EU referendum has never been so fabulous’
The surprising thing about Brexit the Musical is the unfathomably high production value. Stunning vocals, slick choreography and an extraordinary band polish absurd, farcical songs with a high-quality sheen. It could have easily descended into cheap laughs, but Brexit the Musical stands up as a well-composed, well-executed musical in its own right. The subject matter and utterly ludicrous political caricatures simply add a hilarity to an already polished production. And the political caricatures really are hilarious, although they share far more qualities with clowns than the scathing satire perhaps expected from the title. The silliness in every character is embraced and taken to extremes. Jeremy Corbyn sings about his longing for Glastonbury and David and Samantha Cameron ponder what life is like for a ‘normal’ citizen. Although predictable, and perhaps at times a little formulaic, the result is still incredibly funny. After all, Boris Johnson in Union Jack undies and a tight-fitting vest is an entertaining sight to even the sternest Tory.
Brexit the Musical hits all the right notes. The musical numbers are exciting and catchy, the humour is silly and fun. The EU referendum has never been so fabulous.
C main, 2nd – 28th August (not 15th) 18:55
Image: Strong and Stable Productions