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The Surge (The King’s Players)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016

The Surge Ed2016

There’s been no shortage of debate recently about what political protest can realistically achieve, and this piece of new drama from The King’s Players jumps headlong into that debate. The story follows newly elected MP Jessica Wiles as she takes her background of grassroots activism into Parliament, in an attempt to effect real change, and what follows is a frank examination of whether this is possible. The result is a slightly mixed bag: for instance, a scene in the Houses of Parliament provides amply amusing opportunity for the skilled young cast to mock the constant harrumphing and jeering, but it also goes on too long. The play as a whole wants tighter focus, but it engages with enough ideas to be interesting.

Greenside @ Royal Terrace, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]