Russian Collusion, Nuclear Negotiation, and Farage’s plan to sell Scotland to Trump in geopolitical satire, Trump the Musical

Location

Old Fire Station
40 George Street
Oxford
OX1 2AQ
Tel:
01865263990
Date
22nd February 2019
Time
17.30 & 19.30

Trump the Musical, Old Fire Station, 22nd February, 5.30pm & 7.30pm, £12/£10

Tickets: https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/trump/

Box Office: 01865 263990

Age recommendation: 14+

 

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After a sold out performance at last year’s Offbeat festival, Trump the Musical returns to the Old Fire Station on the 22nd February. With foot-tapping original music, a character list of geopolitical proportions, and one truly awful wig, audiences can expect satirical farce on a global scale.

Set in 2020, it’s time to make Donald Great Again! But can King Nigel Farage the First of England get his trade deal? Will Kim Jong Un ever stop messing about with missiles? And why has Vladimir Putin gone suspiciously quiet?

Following sold out runs in London, Birmingham and Sheffield, Blowfish are delighted to bring their “outrageously good” (???? What’s On Live), “sharply written and thoroughly unapologetic” show (???? Exposed) full of “fast and clever comedy” (???? North West End) to the Old Fire Station, February 22nd. Due to demand, the company have added a second performance, so you can catch it at 5.30pm or 7pm.

Trump the Musical is the second show from Sheffield based satirical outfit Blowfish Theatre, and is coming to Oxford as part of a UK tour ahead of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Formed in 2016 to make Boris the Musical, the company never expected to make a second show. “We really didn’t think Boris would last six months,” said Co-Artistic Director Kyle Williams. “That was our first mistake. Our second was to form a satirical theatre company just three months before the election of the 45th President of the United States, one Donald John Trump.”

But, admitted writer Laurence Peacock, making satire to match Trump was a new challenge: “We definitely had to raise our game. Just keeping up with all Korean nuclear ‘will they, won’t they?’ has been interesting. Not to mention the Mueller investigation. And when you’re writing satire about the world leaders of 2019, you can go to some seriously strange places. If the show is silly, it’s because the politics behind it is getting absurd!”

The musical features a King Nigel Farage’s plan to sell the newly independent Scotland to Trump as a golf course, a romantic “collusion” plot line, and Kim Jong Un’s unusual nuclear negotiating tactics.

But do theatre goers actually want to spend an evening with The Donald? “Haha. They really do,” says actor Polly Bycroft-Brown, who plays Trump. “They love getting up close and personal with the President. There’s something cathartic about laughing at something so monstrous. And of course, without spoiling the ending, I can say that it doesn’t go very well for The Donald.”

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