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Venue:The Phoenix, 46-48A Broughton Street Edinburgh EH1 3SA
Phone: 0131 557 6944
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Phoenix Below
AUG 11-26 at 18:30 (60 min)
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A washed up, gin-soaked former Prime Minister sits alone in his office when a chance encounter with a serf leads him to start reminiscing… about a glorious summer’s evening long ago, among the dreaming spires of Oxford university.

It’s 1986 and Dave, a bookish 19-year-old boy who desperately wants to be cool, is trying out his new look as a punk, and going out on the town hoping to impress the famous Bullingdon Club with his racy antics.

Things are looking glum until he meets ultra-popular third year student, and president of the Union, Boris. Boris's eccentric charisma and old English charm make awestruck Dave desperate to be his friend.

Soon the boys set off on a wild night of raucous attempts to prove that Dave has what it takes to make it in the Bullindon Club. There is a police chase, there is an incident with a pig, and maybe, if they are very lucky, they will catch a glimpse of their goddess, the sexy and powerful Margaret Thatcher.

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August 25, 2018  Ed Fringe Review
I was worried about going to this play. The Bullingdon Club seems to have a reputation as a representation of Oxford - as a club which is revered and even potentially feared. Actually, the idea of it is a bit of a laughing stock, with struggling membership, and recently being kicked out of college. This unpopularity might, in part, be something to do with the David Cameron and pig incident. ‘Bullingdon Revisited’ imagines what could have potentially happened on this raucous night, which includes smashing property, running from the police, and of course, the moment with the pig itself.

I brace myself for horrible humour, but find myself very pleasantly surprised. Tess Humphrey’s writing is keenly intelligent, and with an eye to both the toxicity and downright stupidity of the most elite. The tone of the posh boy is captured perfectly, and the sense that any kind of recklessness would end with a retreat back into their money and vast carelessness. The obsession of the young politicians with milk and Margaret Thatcher is a hilarious hook throughout the play, and the set-up of a surprise encounter is genius. Alison Young is incredibly convincing as the stringent woman in power prepared to play the games of boys’ clubs, but also adds a fresh spin on the usual depictions of Thatcher.

Adam Martin-Brooks is a wonderful David Cameron – sitting dumbly centre-stage with a wide-eyed stupidity which makes me laugh before he says anything. Reducing Cameron to a nerdy teen trying his best to impress, then to a punk wannabe, and then to a coked up posh boy – his ‘transformation’ story is hilarious from the get-go and his depiction is often eerily reminiscent of the man himself. The same can be said for Luke Richards, who manages to use the practised stupidity and overegged persona of Johnson as a means of consciously cultivating a personality. While largely comic throughout, the cast also hint at the level of threatening and menace behind this mentality.

The smaller venue adds to the energy, containing the action to make the slapstick even more dramatic. It seems like this play was a lot of fun to put on. Go for razor-sharp one liners, a mocking of lad culture and ‘The Riot Club’ or ’Posh’, but with more slapstick and shenanigans. Click Here

September 19, 2016  The Reviews Hub
Review - Bullingdon Revisited
It’s that classic tale boy meets pigs-head, boy makes love to pigs-head, and boy becomes Prime Minister! You’d have to have been living under a rock to escape the allegations made by Lord Ashcroft that, while at university, former Prime Minister David Cameron slipped his right honourable member into the mouth of a dead pigs-head. Despite ferocious denials that this event took place, these allegations made Cameron a laughing stock which saw him the butt of satirical jokes across the land and may define his legacy more so than Brexit!

Writer Tess Humphrey takes Cameron’s alleged penchant for pork to form the basis of her new satirical play Bullingdon Revisited: Looking at the moment when Dave, a wet behind-the-ear, first year Oxford student, first encounters Boris: a charismatic third year student and president of the Union, but more importantly a member of the notorious Bullingdon Club which Dave desperately wants to be a part of. The two share an awful lot in common: both are extremely wealthy, both show complete and utter contempt for the working class, and both loath foreigners and the disabled.

A series of events lead the new chums to embark on an adventure to London, a quest to meet their ultimate pin-up girl: Margret Thatcher. Along the way there’s a police chase, the opportunity to abuse a disabled person, and of course the now infamous pig-gate.

Humphrey’s script is razor-sharp: it pulls no punches and is all the better for doing so. It’s hugely entertaining and hilarious from start to finish, however, it doesn’t shy away from addressing the social divide that now plagues this country, highlighting the rise of food banks and poverty that is rife in Britain. The cast are superb, Elliot Lloyd and Tom Sidney are clearly having a ball playing David Cameron and Boris Johnson and both throw themselves into the roles with gusto.

These two are aided and abetted by Harriet Forgan who plays all the other characters which include a down trodden bar maid, train passenger and the iron lady herself. Her scene-stealing turn as Margret Thatcher is comic-gold. Her mannerisms and facial expressions are worth the price of admission alone. All three clearly have a gift for comedy and their performances superbly work in conjunction with a fantastic script.

Top marks to director Sam Hart, who certainly knows how to get the best out of his cast. Stand out scenes include: a set photographs showing the debauchery and carnage of Cameron and Johnson’s night out, a sprint to Parliament which had the audience in stitches. That being said the production does have its flaws: there were a few opening night nerves which were minor. My only real gripe was a scene involving an attack on a disabled lady, which is out of place and misjudged in comparison to the tone of the rest of the production.

The play also has a fantastic soundtrack which includes The Smiths – This Charming Man and VIM – Maggie’s Last Party, which adds to the general ‘piss taking’ at the heart of the of the play.

This is fantastic production by the Grand Dame Theatre Company and if this is the quality of its output, then it is certainly exciting times ahead for the Manchester based Production Company. I would also like to give special praise to the 3 Minute Theatre: it’s a cracking unique venue, and a little gem to be found on Oldham Street.

This is a suitably silly, fun and highly entertaining production, which has something, for everyone: greed, power and bestiality. Bullingdon Revisited wouldn’t be out of place doing the rounds at Edinburgh Fringe in years to come. Click Here

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