The People’s Boat
Greenside – Infirmary Street
21:00 (ends 25th August)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
Between the giant English flag on the wall behind the stage, the Union Jack on the stage and the premise, you can tell that this show is going to be about Brexit. The show shifts between behind the scenes of a mockumentary and the mockumentary itself, where 4 boys from Margate try and literally tow Britain away from Europe. You see, it’s a metaphor.
It’s very cleverly done because what the boys have managed to do is use the rhetoric of the Brexit campaign, recreating the aftermath of the vote and fit it all into one funny and instructive show. It’s essentially a guide to Brexit, and you grow to understand why people voted the way they did. It’s an otherwise strong performance apart from the ending which is quite chaotic as the characters realise what they have gotten themselves into. Sound familiar?
My only criticism would be is that sometimes during the ‘behind the scenes’ parts, it felt like they were fighting just for the sake of it or to fill time because the arguments they had were quite repetitive They also ran a little long and whilst it was a funny and quite an original idea, I was more interested in the scenes that occurred on the raft. The raft seemed to be the point of the story anyway. The ending also seemed a little rushed but that could’ve been due to time constraints.
I don’t think that I fully appreciated how clever the show was at the time, but these four boys managed to show how ridiculous the whole situation that we’re in is, by giving us an even more ridiculous situation. If you’re interested in politics and want to be able to laugh at what is otherwise a really horrible and stupid situation, then this is definitely the show to see.