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The Confessions Of Gordon Brown (Many Rivers Production)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2013

From Kircaldy to Helmand, two equally hopeless provinces, writer and director Kevin Toolis takes an incisive look at Britain’s political scene before and during Gordon Brown’s leadership. The engaging and thought-provoking performance lets Brown tell us how it all went wrong, often slipping into humorous and aggressive asides that attack modern politics. His critique, of how important looks are in politics, is cleverly presented through a series of attacks on other politicians’ appearances. This is amusingly interspersed with his own adoration of the praise he receives as he recites his acceptance speech. Occasionally sombre, the performance remains a light-hearted and interesting insight into the unique situation of Gordon Brown’s leadership, intriguing as much as it entertains.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 1.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sam Turner]