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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Preview: Trump the Musical Newcastle Alphabetti


Russian Collusion, Nuclear Negotiation, and Farage’s plan to sell Scotland to Trump in geopolitical satire, Trump the Musical

Trump the Musical
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
26th February - 1st March 2019

Following sold out runs in London, Birmingham and Sheffield last year, Blowfish Theatre is delighted to bring the “outrageously good” (★★★★ What’s On Live), “sharply written and thoroughly unapologetic” (★★★★ Exposed) Trump the Musical to Alphabetti Theatre, 26th February - 1st March.

With foot-tapping original music, a character list of geopolitical proportions, and one truly awful wig, audiences can expect satirical farce on a global scale.

Set in 2020, the show features a Presidential state visit to England, King Nigel Farage’s plan to sell the newly independent Scotland to Trump as a golf course, and Kim Jong Un’s unusual nuclear negotiating tactics. But the big question, why has Vladimir Putin gone suspiciously quiet?

Trump the Musical is the second show from Sheffield based satirical outfit Blowfish Theatre, and is coming to Newcastle as part of a UK tour ahead of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Formed in 2016 to make Boris the Musical, the company never expected to make a second show. “We really didn’t think Boris would last six months,” said Co-Artistic Director Kyle Williams. “That was our first mistake. Our second was to form a satirical theatre company three months before the election of the 45th President of the United States, one Donald John Trump."

But, admitted writer Laurence Peacock, making satire to match Donald Trump was a new challenge: “We definitely had to raise our game. Just keeping up with all Korean nuclear ‘will they, won’t they?’ has been interesting. Not to mention the Mueller investigation. And when you’re writing satire about the world leaders of 2019, you can go to some seriously strange places. If the show is silly, it’s because the politics behind it is getting absurd!”

But do theatre goers want to spend an evening with The Donald? “Haha. They really do,” says actor Polly Bycroft-Brown, who plays the President. “They love getting up close and personal with the President. There’s something cathartic about laughing at something so monstrous. And of course, without spoiling the ending, I can say that it doesn’t go very well for The Donald.”

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Photos: Heather Isobel

Tickets:
Trump the Musical at Alphabetti Theatre, St James Boulevard, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4HP
26th February - 1st March  7.30pm, £9/£7
Age recommendation: 14+



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