UKIP musical set to premiere at Edinburgh Fringe


A MUSICAL about one of the most radical political parties of our time will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe.

UKIP! The Musical is a rollicking satirical swipe at Nigel Farage’s party, and includes songs such as Bongo Bongo Land, Europa You Raped Her and Let’s Pull Up The Drawbridge.

The plot centres around Farage’s feelings of impotence and inadequacy as he just doesn’t know how to rescue Britain from Europe’s clutches.

The show follows Farage's struggle to rescue Britain from Europe's clutches
The show follows Farage’s struggle to rescue Britain from Europe’s clutches


However, following a visitation from the Ghosts of Britain’s Past (Churchill) and Britain’s Quite Recent (Thatcher), he suddenly sees a way to win over the public – only to watch his plan to save Britannia backfire spectacularly.

Will it be too late for our anti-hero to save the day his country and his wife?

The show is brought to Scotland’s capital by London RADA graduates and founders of the Hell Bent Theatre Company, writer Cath Day and director Jessica Williams.

The musical features a range of "appallingly catchy songs"
The musical features a range of “appallingly catchy songs”


Both have taught drama and Cath has directed over thirty productions, including an all-female Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing at Southwark Playhouse, while Jessica was Assistant Director on Salisbury Playhouse’s Summer Outreach programme.

They first worked together on Crimson Roses (GBS Studio, RADA) and Beyond The Cringe: 10 British Playwrights Who Should Have Got Out More (Phoenix Artist Club), before forming Hell Bent.

“Hell Bent was formed out of a mutual desire to create theatre that we would want to go and see ourselves,” they said.

“A keen sense of the absurd and a willingness to lampoon any deserving target underpin our creative approach.

“There’s a lot of laughter in our working process; mostly at ourselves, but it’s liberating (if a bit scary) to not always know what the answer is. UKIP! The Musical is our first production as Hell Bent Theatre Company and we can’t wait to see it!”