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NewsRevue 2022 – Pleasance at EICC | Review

NewsRevue 2022 – it’s a wonder anyone turned up at all with a show title like that. Okay, so it’s a musical satirical comedy – and while it takes remarkable skill to raise laughs about the news and current affairs of today, I was still a bit apprehensive. A four-strong cast, Camille Hainsworth-Staples, Charlie Keable, Edward Bourne and Phoebe Coop, are accompanied by musical director Kieran Stallard on a grand piano. The team successfully pull it off, with most sketches drawn from the world of musical theatre: reworked lyrics to showtunes were the order of the day.

NewsRevue 2022There was some spoken word, too, with some very pithy lines. Briefest of all was a one-word sketch – a balloon is blown up within seconds as a visual aid for “inflation”. The BBC’s coverage of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was compared to that of the coverage of the Golden Jubilee – the show asserts either that history repeats itself, or news journalists can be remarkably lazy, or both. And to stick a punchline in about it being so hot on 19 July 2022 that even Prince Andrew sweated was frankly inspired.

My favourite reworded showtunes of the evening were ‘Maybe This Truss’, an adaptation of ‘Maybe This Time’ from Cabaret, and, to the tune of ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, ‘The Ones Who Still Mask’. A nod to the locals at the Fringe came in the form of ‘The SNP’ to the tune of ‘It’s Raining Men’, with Nicola Sturgeon being portrayed as a narcissistic Tony Blair type figure who thinks of herself more as a president than First Minister.

Some sprightly choreography is delightful to see, particularly when Russian oligarchs (yep, they’re in this show too) sing their version of – wait for it – ABBA’s ‘Money, Money, Money’. Sir Keir Starmer is lampooned just as much as Boris Johnson. It’s literally laughs a minute, and goodness me, many of us could do with that in these unpleasant times. The show shines a light in the darkness, and is utterly magnificent from start to finish.

5 Star Rating

Review by Chris Omaweng

This Guinness World Record-breaking, standard-bearing, song and sketch show, returns to Edinburgh to parody politics in our post-pandemic world. From Covid to climate change, disgraced royals to the Queen’s jubilee, Putin to Partygate, NewsRevue will bang to rights those in the public eye and allow you to laugh at the awful reality of current events.

NewsRevue 2022
Pleasance at EICC (Pentland), 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 28th August 2022

Social media @newsrevue

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