Blowfish Theatre’s latest show Boris the Musical 3: The Johnson Supremacy aims to take you on a laugh-out-loud journey charting the ups and downs of Boris Johnson’s Prime Ministership, from the General Election of 2019 right up to Covid Britain today.
With a multi-rolling cast of four, it promises high-energy humour, fantastic original music and searing satire, with a varied cast from Dominic Cummings to Kier Starmer via Carrie Symmonds and Chris Whitty.
“Like the rest of us, Boris has had an eventful 18 months. He nearly died, had a new baby and of course there’s the small matter of the pandemic”
Composer Dominic Lo said, “We’ve had a lot of fun with the music for Boris 3. Alongside catchy pop bangers like ‘Made In Westminster’ and ‘We’re All Tories Now’, audience members can expect an exciting mixture of drum and bass, ballads and kazoos. Although not all in the same song, sadly.”
Coming to Oxford’s Old Fire Station in September, Blowfish productions are already garnering quite a reputation for themselves, notching up considerable attention for their caustic humour and unlikely musical pairings.
‘BOris remains a preposterous person to be PM, which makes him great fun to play’
Founded in 2016 to make the first Boris the Musical, Blowfish have since made a sequel charting Johnson’s rise to Number 10 and even a show about Donald Trump.
So how did Part 3 come about? Actor James Ringer-Beck, who plays Boris, said: “Like the rest of us, Boris has had an eventful 18 months. He nearly died, had a new baby and of course there’s the small matter of the pandemic. But unlike the rest of us, he’s displayed a complete refusal to change, grow or learn from his mistakes. So he remains a preposterous person to be PM, which makes him great fun to play.”
As for dealing with a pandemic and national lockdown, writer Laurence Peacock said, ‘At Blowfish, we always say that bad news is good for business. Turns out, this was only true so long as the theatres were open. So a small oversight on our part there. But we’ve bided our time, refined our gags and we can’t wait to get back to it. After all, as people keep telling us, there really is no shortage of material.’
Alongside catchy pop bangers like ‘Made In Westminster’ and ‘We’re All Tories Now’, the audience can expect drum and bass, ballads and kazoos
Lani Calvert, who plays Dominic Cummings, said: ‘It’s obviously been a really tough time for everyone involved in theatre. At Blowfish we’re still committed to making satire that is both silly and sincere, irreverent and informed. We just can’t wait to actually get back on stage!’
And we can’t wait to see it! Boris the Musical 3: The Johnson Supremacy is at Old Fire Station, on September 8-9. Tickets at: https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/boris-the-musical-3-the-johnson-supremacy/ or 01865263990. Age 14+.