Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: UKIP! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock.
Not a Fringe can go past without someone bringing a bad- taste comedy musical about a topical news story to Edinburgh.
At least this year’s prime contender amidst the genre is genuinely funny, with a well-practiced ensemble and a sense that it isn’t afraid to get its satirical hands dirty by taking things close to the bone.
Amongst the most amusing highlights of a well-conceived and executed score are numbers which appear to be called Some of My Best Friends Are Ethnic and F*** Off Back to Your Own Place, We Hope You’ll Understand. It’s at once steeped in and despairing of casual Home Counties racism.
The sense of middle-class, middle-English angst in these characters, with their uniform of cream trousers and straw boaters, is palpable. Nigel Farage is amusingly rendered as a scoffing posh chap in an Arfur Daley coat and with a pint in his hand, a demographically- rebranded tipple in place of his favoured glass of wine.
He speaks to Margaret Thatcher, hears the voice of Enoch Powell and has nightmares about Britannia being gang-raped by the pillaging Viking Europa and friends (not an exploitative scene as many such are: “You entered this club out of your own free will, I can do whatever I want with you,” is wince-inducingly deadpan).
But Nigel is our hero next to the “Bongo-Bongo Land”-hating right wing of his party, and he vanquishes them so firmly after his landslide general election victory that Europe decides to put him in charge.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) until 29 August / l
Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015
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