Now That's What I Call Brexit - Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Review (Blowfish Theatre)

Photo credit: Blowfish Theatre/Gilded Balloon


Walking into "Now That's What I Call Brexit", I was not too excited. I'd booked the tickets for myself and my partner because I found the idea of it hilarious, but I am not too politically minded, and my partner has only lived in the country for a year. We felt, going in, as if we were not the target audience.

I could not have been more wrong. The minds at Blowfish Theatre clearly took into account that not every Fringe-goer would be a politics student, and this showed in the performance. Even my partner, who, as I said, hasn't lived here for even 2 years, found it absolutely hilarious.

But what makes it so great? Let's have a look. First and foremost, the sparing yet effective use of costume means that the characterisation is entirely down to the extremely small cast. The multi-rolling was very convincing, but more importantly the original score was on point.

At a specific point in the show, they made it clear that they had recently rewritten part of the show to take into account recent political events. This made it all the better, and it was very interesting to see the last few years of British politics, and even their predictions on what is yet to come, summarised in one hour.

My only criticism would be that it needs to be longer! The plot is not incomprehensible, but I think it would benefit from an extra half hour slapped onto the runtime. I would also say that a tad more practice would be in order, but I was there at the first preview, so I'm sure that this wouldn't be evident if you went to see it today, and so I haven't taken it into account for my final verdict.

EDIT: Blowfish Theatre have since been in contact, to let me know that "Now That's What I Call Brexit" is a shorter version of their full, two act musical, "Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder". I hope to see it at some point, I'm sure it's even better, if that's possible.

I did intend to write a review on this piece, and I thought I'd be recommending it only to British, politically minded people, but, alas, here I am, recommending you, yes, YOU, to go and see this absolute masterpiece. 

Blowfish Theatre are also performing "Trump: The Musical", this year, so I look forward to watching and reviewing that.

"Brexit" is the best thing I've seen at the Fringe so far, and if there is one show you see this year, make it this one.

Verdict: ★★★★★

"Now That's What I Call Brexit" runs daily at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Other Yin, through to the end of the Fringe at 20:00.

By Lewis Forman


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