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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Know Brexit – Sweet Waterfront

Presenter: Geoffrey Brown
Reviewer: Simon Topping

We voted out of the EU, but how many people know what that actually means or where we go from here? Geoffrey Brown, Director of Euclid and the UK’s leading expert on EU funding, plans to enlighten us a little with a humorous and entertaining look at the Brexit options, our future relationship with the EU, and what it all means for the UK. “Get ready for information overload!” Brown exuberantly announces, and the lecture begins.

Reminiscent of Peter Snow on performance enhancing drugs, Brown sets off at (and never slows from) breakneck speed; delivering the material at a dizzying pace. There is a lot to get through in the short hour we have together.

Never supplying us with alternative facts, Brown’s statements are self-graded; 3 stars is unchallengeable, 2 Stars is a detail open to interpretation and 1 star is not really to be trusted. The audience is pushed along the presentation by asking a series of questions to test our knowledge of EU complexities. This is a perfect mechanism to keep us fully engaged.

The information is intercut with Brown’s funny take on events, as interpreted through a number famous works of art he has chosen. For example, the whole mess the UK is in is represented by Edvard Munch’s The Scream, which seems highly appropriate. Also, several famous EU directives are debunked. Remember bendy bananas being banned? Or the EU allowing mozzarella to made with powdered milk? We find out if any of it is true.

Brown is an excellent presenter and good educator; the crowd come away with their brains jangling but much better informed

Runs 30,31 May and 1-5 June 2017 at Sweet Waterfront  |  @brightonfringe

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