Directed by: Mark Brailsford
Reviewer: Simon Topping
Brighton’s legendary Treason Show is back for its 17th festival special. Written by a team of over 40 writers, as the audience settles down, we look forward to a funny night of parody songs, topical gags and satirical bite.
The two female and two male performers bounce onto the stage and immediately spring into an amusing song about how Brighton Festival is utterly incomprehensible and elitist but the Fringe is far superior. This is met by great cheers from the audience, many of which have seen The Treason Show before.
There is a sprinkling of good sketches and songs as the night goes on. The Donald Trump scenes are mostly funny. ISIS attempting to recruit in Portslade is a good sketch. Also, the unusual take on Paul McCartney’s Frog Chorus is very inventive.
However, the female cast members are woefully underused. They provide the best moments of the night; from the hilariously demented Theresa May robot (who is strong and stable) to a sketch from the Daily Mail’s Narrow TV programme, and as two old ladies who will never be able to retire.
Too often the gags fall flat to polite applause. The material is widely variable in quality and the show feels at least 30 minutes too long.