Jonny Woo's All Star Brexit Cabaret
- Liam Hainey
- 9 August 2018
This article is from 2018.
High energy hot topic satire
Jonny Woo is a charmer. His cheeky chappy persona and shimmering sequinned gown ensure that when he is on the stage, all eyes are on him. He is the trump card and his showmanship papers over any cracks in a slapdash hour of political satire that too often drifts into cliché.
The music, from Richard Thomas of Jerry Springer: The Opera, is standard Broadway fare, hindered further by the cast's occasionally straining vocals, and jokes which often reach for the lowest hanging fruit. Boris Johnstone is portrayed as a clown. 'Remain' voters are avocado munching millennials and 'Leave' voters are poor, and have never left Norfolk. There is nothing new being said here.
There are exceptions. Le Gateau Chocolat, a Nigerian born drag-queen, makes a brief appearance as Nigel Farage. The casting itself is a finely crafted insult towards the high-priest of Brexit, and Chocolat's performance proves a highlight of the hour.
Jonathan Swift this is not, but it does provide the kind of high energy hot topic satire which has pleased Fringe audiences for years. It won't change your life, or your mind, but it does entertain, even if unimaginatively.
Assembly George Square Gardens, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 6pm, £14–£15 (£13–£14).