5 people in a room. They want to create a political party, but they don’t know what their ideals stand for. They want to change the world, but that just might be a bit more difficult than they anticipated.
Tom Basden (who also acts in it) has created a fantastic comic play, where what is said is as important as what it isn’t said, and where logic seems to be all but lost. But as much as we should praise Basden’s script, the actors are who make this play work so flawlessly. Without a weakest link, this is a showcase of Britain’s best acting talent, with the five protagonists stealing each other’s limelight, raising the bar at every second, perfectly embodying their characters.
While Basden himself is, as his 2007 if.comedy Newcomer Award Winner proves, a rising star at comedy, the rest of the Party gang are equally amazing. Jonny Sweet (who already came to the Fringe last year) is excellent as the group’s leader, trying to be in control of a situation of which he can’t be prepared for. Both girls, Anna Crilly and Katy Wix stand their ground with ease, and even have some of the best lines, which they effortlessly present as if ad-libbing. But the real treat, if one is to be highlighted, is Tim Key. From the get go, this lost soul makes the show his own, trying to understand the kind of party he has been invited to; being the scapegoat for everyone else’s egocentric tendencies.
All in all, Party is a joy to watch, an extremely clever take on today’s politics and human behaviour, a fun analysis of the world we live in. Even if they don’t seem to find their party’s ideals, we should all vote for them. They are well worth it.
Adrian G. Velazquez