Lolly Jones: Fifty Shades Of May (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Lolly Jones: Fifty Shades Of May

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Saucy political satire with spot-on impressions

The titillating flyers for this show depict Lolly Jones in sexy black lingerie with Theresa May's hair and demeanour. The show itself is a combination of audio clips of the Prime Minister and other political figures, to which Jones lip-syncs and dances, interspersed with pre-recorded footage of 'Jacob Rees-Mogg' issuing political diktats with sadomasochistic glee.

The uncanniness with which Jones takes on the attitudes of May, Margaret Thatcher and Nicola Sturgeon combined with her burlesque-style stripteases and other dance is disconcerting: she really does capture the physicality of each one in an impressive display of impressionism. The coordination of a dizzying number of sound cues, costume changes and choreography in this provocative political satire is astounding, but what is even more so is the way that Jones, by presenting May as a figure of constant scrutiny, manages to make her appear more vulnerable and more human than before.

Is the show a savage indictment of the way in which female politicians are judged more for their looks and clothing choices than their political records? Or is it a bit of saucy schoolboy entertainment for middle-aged men who get a thrill from thinking about the PM in her knickers? A bit of both.

Assembly Roxy, until 24 Aug (not 13), 8.50pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).

Lolly Jones: Fifty Shades of May

  • 4 stars

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