By AARON McGILLIVRAY
IT WOULDN’T be the Edinburgh Fringe without at least one act focusing on the antics of America’s controversial President.
Among the offerings in 2018 is the musical comedy, Trump’d!, marking the return of a 2017 Fringe hit, with new songs, new gags and a professional cast.
The year is 2030. Supreme dictator Donald Trump has brought society to the brink. As resistance grows, a reckoning must come. Will the Mexican Resistance find their way home? Will the last remnants of ISIS finally have their revenge? Is Arnold Schwarzenegger really a robot, or just that good an actor?
Find out on an all-singing, all-dancing, parody musical journey through the desolate wasteland of future America, featuring affectionate parodies of Disney, musical and pop classics.
Two Thirds Comedy was founded by students at Cambridge University. Their first performance at the Fringe was in 2016, with the original sketch show 23, Please, followed up by last year’s student production of Trump’d! which attracted more 3000 audience members.
This year they present their first professional production. The show is written, directed and produced by former Cambridge Footlight Adam Woolf and co-written by A
ron Carr and Joshua Peters. Choreography comes from Bless Klepcharek (BA theatre dance, London studio centre; Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist with Bollywest Fusion; Dancer in La Traviata directed by Richard Eyre at the Royal Opera House) and Musical Direction is by Ted Mackey (BA Music, University of Cambridge).
The role of Donald Trump is reprised by Jack Bolton, following rave reviews at last year’s festival. The rest of cast consists of emerging and established professionals including leads Leigh Stevenson (Central School of Speech and Drama; NewsRevue; Fantastic Beasts; Eastenders) and Bianca Kenna (American Academy of Dramatic Arts).