Here is a partly political broadcast - Elect to buy tickets to one of our satirical shows...
Over the next few weeks, General Election stunts will be prevalent - David Cameron will be presenting Blue Peter (forming a government with sticky-back plastic), Gordon Brown will be a guest on 'Come Dine With Me' (serving up excuses) and Nick Clegg will appear on Crimewatch (as a photofit until someone actually recognizes who he is). Nick Griffin is releasing an album of delta-blues and hip-hop classics ('Down With Tha BNP') and the Green Party will be sponsoring the next series of 'Top Gear - Live From The North Pole'. They're all at it.
If, however, you want a more realistic take on politics you have two choices. Either catch a lunar-shuttle to Neptune (there's one every hour from Ebbsfleet), or go and watch one of the excellent political-plays doing the rounds at the moment:
Vote For Me - You Idiots!
Vote For Me - You Idiots!
Vote For Me - You Idiots!does sound like a very satirical poke in the belly and it's playing at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington. Written by Spitting Image and Rory Bremner collaborator Nelson David, it tells the tale of one Dave Basildon, a man representing the None Of The Above party who has spent his financial bail-out offered by Barack Obama. £7.50 for tickets sounds like a bargain to me. Runs from 15th - 23rd April.
Chiswick's Tabard Theatre is urging us to get 'Stiffed!', a political satire loosely based on the writer's experiences within Westminster. An aspiring journalist sets out to uncover wrongdoings and misgivings between two political figures, one a double-barrelled Tory, the other a Labour activist with a husband who prefers toy trains to toying with politics and expenses. Tickets cost £12. Runs from 14th April - 9th May.
If you want a hard-hitting play about financial scandal then you have to consider seeing the Lucy Prebble-written 'Enron'. Energy and auditing certainly didn't mix during the 2007 bankruptcy of the company at the heart of the biggest shareholder loss ($1 billion). The complexities of the case inspired Prebble to simplify it and create an engaging play that fuses dialogue, music, dance and video. Tickets are around £40, although some balcony seats are available for later May performances at £20.50. Runs until 26th June.
Counted is an aptly-themed play-cum-documentary appearing at the County Hall, London (£18 upwards - 15th April to 22nd May) during the Spring and asks the question 'why aren't we voting?' at a time when we should be. 'Use your democracy or lose it' seems to be the message here.
Women, Power and Politics: Then
While the Tricycle Theatre in London features a series of plays under the banner 'Women, Power And Politics' during June. Split over the 'Then' and 'Now' eras, there will be various short features and political comment regarding women's contribution to politics.
Check our full list of related performances and remember - use your vote wisely!
You may be interested in
- Mon 27th May 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 Only Fools And Horses - The MusicalBuy Tickets
- Mon 27th May 2019 to Sat 8th Jun 2019 The Last Temptation of Boris JohnsonBuy Tickets
- Mon 27th May 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 The Lehman TrilogyBuy Tickets
- Mon 27th May 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 The Book of MormonBuy Tickets
- Tue 28th May 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 The Play That Goes WrongBuy Tickets
- Tue 28th May 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 The Comedy About a Bank RobberyBuy Tickets
- Wed 29th May 2019 to Thu 1st Aug 2019 Houses of Parliament VisitBuy Tickets
- Thu 30th May 2019 Three Men In A BoatHanger Farm Arts Centre (Southampton)Buy Tickets
- Fri 31st May 2019 to Fri 28th Jun 2019 Hormonal HousewivesBuy Tickets
- Fri 31st May 2019 to Sat 29th Jun 2019 Education, Education, EducationBuy Tickets
- Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019 Gyles BrandrethBuy Tickets
- Sun 2nd Jun 2019 The Ragged Trousered PhilanthropistsCaroline Street Social Club/ Live Room (Shipley)Buy Tickets
- Thu 13th Jun 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019 Mrs Brown's Boys D'Musical?Buy Tickets
- Thu 13th Jun 2019 to Sat 15th Jun 2019 RotterdamBuy Tickets
- Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019 Entertaining AngelsBuy Tickets
- Tue 25th Jun 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 Dark SublimeBuy Tickets
- Wed 26th Jun 2019 to Sat 29th Jun 2019 The Addams FamilyBuy Tickets
- Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Fri 26th Jul 2019 Noises OffBuy Tickets
- Fri 28th Jun 2019 and Fri 26th Jul 2019 Lord of the Game of the Ring of ThronesBuy Tickets
- Fri 5th Jul 2019 The Truth [play], The LambrettasThe Corporation Club Hartlepool (Hartlepool)Buy Tickets
- Sat 6th Jul 2019 Mortified LiveLeicester Square Theatre (Westminster)Buy Tickets
- Wed 24th Jul 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 Early Doors LiveBuy Tickets
- Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019 Stones in his PocketsBuy Tickets