REVIEW: Brexit (Pleasance) ★★★★

There’s a lot of Brexit at this year’s Fringe but this show is probably the starriest. Written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, the team behind other Edinburgh hit shows, and starring Timothy Bentinck, Jo Caulfield, Hal Cruttenden, Pippa Evans and Mike McShane.

It’s 2020 and the Brexit negotiations are on-going. Bentinck plays Adam Masters, recently elected Conservative Prime Minister; on a wave of victory in the polls, he soon realises the challenge of uniting his party colleagues and progressing the Brexit negotiations with the EU, brilliantly presented by Jo Caulfield as the weary recipient of multiple UK negotiators. Back in London, Evans and Cruttenden are appointed ministers responsible for Brexit and Trade despite holding opposing views on the future plans. McShane plays the world weary campaign director responsible for Masters’ election victory. Bentinck is well cast as the charming new Prime Minister, the only candidate all sides of his party could agree on.

The machinery of politics in Westminster and Brussels is presented plausibly here, it’s all too easy to imagine these conversations going on right now and continuing well into the future. Likewise the resolution presented here on stage seems a likely outcome.

Reviewed by Rhiannon Evans

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