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Brexit the Musical: in Edinburgh, I understood how farce can be more persuasive than argument

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If this satire were to tour the whole country, who knows what effect it might have?The Edinburgh festival fringe at its peak mounts more than 1,800 shows a day, but this year from my sample it was Brexit the Musical that really caught my imagination. From the first scene, where a Boris Johnson in Union Jack underpants realises with horror that Leave has won – “ We will bugger the economy,” he sings – to the last, where he and his sidekick “Govey” finally discover the plan that will save them and the country from “catastrophe”, you are ever more uncomfortably aware that however effective a Brexit satire, it is trumped by Brexit truth.This joyful assault on bumbling, hypocritical Tory politicians completely at sea faced with the forces they have unleashed never misses its target. The portrayal of limelight-loving Andrea Leadsom as vaingloriously prejudiced and supremely ignorant particularly resonates – as does a David Cameron who, after his resignation, no longer has to pretend he likes ordinary people. A Boris Johnson who bounces with effortless unjustified self-confidence from debacle to debacle is also more than recognisable – the buffoon-in-chief in a cast of buffoons. Continue reading...

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