The Angry Brigade at Bush
The Angry Brigade is an exiting tale of idealism, anarchy and political upheaval. When a group of well-educated, frustrated young adults, who are bored with the system and the “spectacles” that control it, decide to take matters into their own hands, a new faction within Scotland Yard is created to take action before it’s too late. Young and newly appointed Detective Sergeant Smith is brought in to be at the helm of this new venture with the idea that his young mind will be able to decode the group’s actions. Based on actual events, this play is hilarious and witty, with a strong underline message: what does it take to change the world?
Everyone – from the victims, the spectators, to the criminals themselves – is brilliantly performed by a cast of four. Actors Patsy Ferron, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Harry Melling and Felix Scott are true masters of their craft and very entertaining to watch. The show itself is portrayed in two parts. The first introduces the police team. The audience follows their hardships as they attempt to change their perspectives in order to see the world through the Brigade’s eyes. The second part is delivered from the perspective of the Brigade. Their torment and desperate attempt to outrun the police in order to achieve their ideal world forms the main plot thread in this section.
Through audio commentary, sexually stimulating imagery and edge-of-your-seat suspense, the audience will find themselves presented with a question: what happens when an idea becomes a person’s only weapon? The play presents the possibility that the future will not consist of countries fighting over limited resources and power, but multinational corporations fighting over the final sale. In that world, the idea is what will save your life.
Exhilarating, politically engaging, funny and exciting, this play is a joy to watch and will make you ponder about the state, and consequences of the system and its politics.
Amaliah Sara Marmon-Halm
The Angry Brigade is on at the Bush Theatre until 13th June 2015, for further information or to book visit here.