Reviews of The Play About Theresa May (2021)
Schools across the UK have been reading The Play About Theresa May. Whether as part of a book club, school book report, student-made newsletter, or for their International Baccalaureate - here are their unedited reflections.
Below are some of the participating schools
Louisa Davison's Review
A Play About Theresa May is a response to ‘Conservative injustice focusing on May’s 1106 days in power’. In the introduction, the playwright explicitly counts the number of days May was in term for and refers to certain dates in accordance with that, which seems to imply her feelings of being imprisoned in May’s policies as a queer, disabled women. The thought-provoking play aims to encourage the audience to question the decisions of politicians, hold them accountable for their actions as well as leave the side lines and take part in politics in order to rightfully take back control of their future. As the playwright mentions in the redirection, ‘there is no sitting back, unbothered by what’s happening “over there” on stage when the performers intrude and invade’.
The obvious issue that is discussed in the play is that of Brexit, but in retrospect, the play is about May’s desperation to be seen through rose-coloured spectacles and have a grand legacy to be remembered by in history.
Mevna Bulathsinhala's Review
The Play about Theresa May describes the events during the former UK prime minister’s rule, predominantly through the lens of the comedian Amie Marie whose critical views surrounding this figure impact the stimulus of the play. I believe that this play is about the life of Theresa may in a socially and politically demanding climate such as the UK. Moreover, it is clear that the play represents May in a feeble and rather pathetic light due to the many scenes in which she interacts with other crucial figures such as the Queen or Carol Ann Duffy; her behaviour is scripted to be desperate and hesitant.
Gabriella Francis's Review
‘The Play about Theresa May’ by Amie M Marie, is a take on Theresa Mays 1106 days in power as Prime minister of the United Kingdom. More specifically looking at the “conservative injustice” during May’s premiership. We take an in depth look at May through political satire. Presenting crucial themes such as Brexit and the Windrush scandal… putting Theresa May into the looking glass.
One of key themes that is prevalent throughout the play is Brexit. Using the theme of Brexit, the playwright brings in multiple ideas about May’s personality. It is clear that throughout the play Mays character is only concerned about one thing… herself. She is constantly concerned with how she is viewed by the public and will do anything to please the people around her. It is clear Theresa May is only acting in ways that would only benefit her and her reputation throughout history. In the play May personality is one dimensional, she consumed by her personal affairs and lacks the ability to sympathize with others. These personality traits in May alone “magnify the ugliness” which was one of the intended aims for the play.
Imogen Shearer's Review
There are two very different editions of this play; one which was the initial 2017 production and the other a 2018 theatre tour which included a week-long stint at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is a very strong play following Theresa May’s 2016 rising to being the leader of the conservative party and prime minister. The author’s take on this play has something to do with the fact she is a disabled, queer woman which was a double target for May’s vile regime.
Tillie Larkou's Review
The play about Theresa May takes the audience on a political journey of May’s controversial ideologies that she brought to the front and centre of the Conservative party during her time as Prime Minister (2016-2019). Amie M Marie uses an uplifting humour to express some of May’s controversial views throughout the story. The play touches on how May dealt with important and key events in her time in power such as Brexit and how that was going to take place. Marie’s use of comedy throughout this play made it seem less of an attack on the government of this time and May herself but more of an explanation of how much of a mockery those three years were.
The play starts with a short 10 minute scene that Marie had originally wrote for a performance at the University of East Anglia. This scene is just a brief introduction to the hilarious satire to follow. It hits on points such as May’s small majority in government during 2016 and her plans to make the UK “red, white and blue” after the nation leaves the European Union. Marie, interestingly, set up this scene as a conversation between Theresa May and the British Poet Carol Ann Duffy.
Ethan Brayfield's Review
This hilarious play written by Amie M Marie explores Theresa May’s time as prime minister from what people would consider as a ‘far left’ point of view. Comedy that is far from conservative is used throughout which makes the play feel like you are getting the insight to a circus, yet the clown is our former prime minister.
“The Primeist Minister. The Prime”, are some of the names May refers to herself as in the play, which is quite clearly daft, yet you can’t help but laugh and wonder if she really thought that highly of herself. Around this point in the play we have our audience surrogate Carol Duffy who grills May on the questions we all wanted answers to. However, most of the responses would be something comical which could be seen as repetitive. It does make one wonder why use such an immature humour style for such a mature subject? However, most of these politicians act like petulant children so the jokes are not far off.
C Ellis-Stoneman's Review
The Play About Theresa May is a somewhat misleading title, but then I suppose Two Plays About Theresa May Separated By An Interview From The Playwright is less catchy; funnily enough, this is indicative of exactly how I feel about the material itself. Of the three main sections in Amie M Marie’s strong and stable themed work, it’s only the actual play (featuring Jacob Rees Mogg as the ghost of Tory past, a junior doctor clown, and then-timely jokes galore) that feels engaging. If The Play About Theresa May was actually just, well, the play about Theresa May, then this review would probably be very different; I laughed out loud at the long, protracted innuendo that was May’s marriage to Brexit (played by a poor, unsuspecting audience member), and I think Marie writes political satire incredibly well. Alas, it is not. Amie M Marie, your editor did you dirty.