Lolly Jones: I Believe in Merkels (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Lolly Jones: I Believe in Merkels

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Fun political lampooning through burlesque and lip syncing

Last year's 50 Shades of May was a feelgood hit of the Fringe and Lolly Jones returns once more to perform, through the means of burlesque and lip syncing, as Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon. The result brings us bang up-to-date on what has been happening politically in the last 12 months, though it's slightly disappointing that there's no burlesque Boris.

Jones' shows are essentially ensemble pieces. Though undoubtedly the centrepiece, Jones realises her vision by roping in the talents of her accompanying dancers and last year her political cabaret co-hort Liam Hourican appeared on the screen as a gloriously sinister Jacob Rees-Mogg. Sadly, this year he's reduced to a small role as a vicar, but we do get a star turn from Lolly's mum Babs. In a poignant voiceover appearance, she laments 'the mess' that Brexit has caused, adding pathos and a touch of the personal to the political.

As the figures Jones lampoons aren't exactly known for their dance moves, it's easy for them to slip into inadvertent clunkiness and there are a handful of moments where the energy drops a touch in this opening night. Overall though, it's great fun.

Assembly Roxy, until 25 Aug (not 14), 8pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).

Lolly Jones: I Believe in Merkels

  • 3 stars

Lolly Jones by arrangement with Corrie McGuire Management EU leaders swap negotiations for disco, tassels and glitter in this 'razor sharp blend of burlesque and comedy' (EdFestMag.com). In a bawdy display of razzmatazz, Merkel, May and friends rip it up and lip-sync for the leadership. Also featuring Lolly (BBC Three…

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