It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night

Hilarity from the radicalised young men

Don't let the jokey title put you off. Wound Up Theatre's breathless, breakneck solo show from writer-performer Matthew Greenhough (of 2015's successful Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy) is often blisteringly funny, but it's deeply serious in its intent too.

Sheffield-born Greeny and Stevo are inseparable childhood mates, driven together by parental neglect, and taking a stand against authority and bullying by transforming themselves into convention-rejecting punks. But their lives seem set for collision when Greeny finds a job in London media, while Stevo begins to see sense in the rhetoric of intolerance he once abhorred.

Despite his larger-than-life characters, Greenhough is impressively even-handed in his depictions of two lives drifting ever further apart, painting an all-too-plausible picture of deprivation, exclusion and resentment that nimbly takes in Trump, Brexit, the 2008 financial crash and Tommy Robinson. Most impressive is his feverishly intense performance of his sharp script, delivered with a delirious energy that's hard to resist.

Jazz trumpet interpretations of iconic punk tunes from Steven Wright provide witty and increasingly relevant interludes. This is a bold, powerful show, but also one with a deep vein of compassion running through it.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 12), 2pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night

  • 4 stars

Wound Up Theatre Greeny and Stevo grew up punks – squats, dumpster-diving and PVA-glue-spiked hair. But they've changed. No, f*ck that, the world's changed. One's a social justice warrior, one's gone to the far right, and, in a world of trigger warnings and snowflakes, conservatism is the new punk rock. This 'powerful and…