A Shiny Life For Me!

a personal review blog by Bianca

The 47th

The 47th
14 April 2022
The Old Vic
5.0 out of 5.0 stars

The 47th at the Old Vic is one hell of an experience!

Looking into the not too distant future of 2024, we’re getting a glimpse at a democracy on the brink of societal collapse.

This hilarious and terrifying play combines a potential second presidential candidacy of Donald Trump with a Shakespearean dramatic comedy to create a startling and thoroughly mesmerising show.

I believe this play needs to be experienced rather than explained, so I’ll keep my review relatively short: Get yourself to the Old Vic while it’s still on, do not miss this!

That being said, there may be spoilers in the paragraphs ahead, so proceed with caution!

We are presented with a world in which Donald Trump gets encouraged to run for president yet again, but his ardent followers as well as his daughter Ivanka, who becomes his campaign manager. At the same time Kamala Harris is dealing with a Joe Biden spiralling into a mental breakdown and insisting she take over as he cannot fulfil his presidential duties anymore.

As Trump rallies his vicious troupes, Kamala must decide how to deal with roving mobs wreaking havoc throughout the country.

This piece is a triumph of near-future totalitarian fiction that shakes to the core while immensely entertaining. I cannot recommend this show enough, if you have the slightest interest in politics at all. 

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