Trumpageddon

Venue 14
Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wine Bar
16:00
Aug 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27
1 hour
trumpageddon

Simon Jay gives an energetic performance as Trump

Simon Jay attempts to parody the US President. His difficulty is, partly, that Trump is so out there that he is difficult to satirise. It’s easy to fall into presenting a caricature and that’s what happens here. We are all familiar with Trump’s boasting and inconsistency and even the crudity expressed here toward female members of the audience and regarding members of own family and political figures doesn’t shock.

Jay describes himself as a “queer performer and life long socialist” and no one can fault his passion or commitment. He gives an energetic performance and stays in role on and off stage. Jay got a lot right in Trump’s speech patterns, mannerisms and standard responses. “Beautiful” as Trump might say!
There were funny moments (I liked the version of Mein Herr from Cabaret, My Hair, for instance). Simon/Trump was also entertaining when dealing with individual members of the audience. . I also liked that the show tried to keep up with events. When I went references were made to the release of Tommy Robinson.
However the show is not well scripted. The “soul catching” routine goes nowhere. A section with the ghosts of the Founding Fathers is an interesting concept but lacks punch. The side to Trump that is a calculating politician playing to his audience isn’t explored. It simply presents trump as a buffoon and a dirty old man. It’s maybe an uncomfortable truth to confront that Trump is a populist giving answers (often bad) to real problems. He is tapping into discontent with the American economy, “liberal elites”, immigration and crime. If you don’t address that then you are simply value signaling to people who think the same as you do.
It’s a shame as Trumpageeddon has the potential to be a great show. To be so the writer would need to check his prejudices at the door and seek to understand what the appeal of Trump is to many Americans. Presentation of that would give this show an edge which is lacking.
Reviewed by Pat Harrington
#Trumpageddon #edfringe2018 #EdFringe #IntoTheUnknown
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2 Comments »

  1. drummertimbragg said

    I like ‘the writer would need to check his prejudices at the door’ – O were that true for many folk.

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  2. John Field said

    I must admit I really get frustrated when people attack Donald Trump simply because of his orange skin, wild hairstyle, abrasive manner, late night Tweets and so on. Effectively they’re spending all of their time raging against matters of presentation. They’ve become obsessed with political theatre and have lost sight of the ‘big picture’.

    To be honest, I think that Trump is the latest in a long line of Presidents who are merely dancing to the tune of the US Military-Industrial complex. He just does it with lots of bells and whistles attached!

    I’d encourage folks to read this article (by Caitlin Johnstone) which demonstrates that Trump is simply carrying on where Obama left off:

    View story at Medium.com

    To find out more about Caitlin Johnstone (who describes herself thus: ‘Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper. You will disagree with me sometimes. That’s okay.) check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CaitlinAJohnstone/

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