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Mevna Bulathsinhala's Review

Studying The Play About Theresa May for a module called "The Director's Handbook" for their Theatre International Baccalaureate, Mevna had this to share...

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. 


Through evaluating The Play about Theresa May, I have gathered the wealth of thought-provoking connotations which are expressed by Amie Marie. One could argue that one of the playwright’s fundamental intentions is to scrutinise the policies and decisions Theresa May established during her time as prime minister. When referring to this key intention, I found that a focal point of her wrongdoings stated by Marie was May’s method in handling the Brexit deal, as well as her attitudes towards the disabled and immigration policies. Collectively, these issues give a holistic idea of how the playwright aimed to portray Theresa May, she had no intention to erase her faults and discriminatory behaviour. By doing this, I managed to gather a raw representation of her identity proving that Marie succeeded in this strategy to depict Theresa in an exposed format, which I found intriguing.  


Stated by the playwright herself, Marie made it clear that she had no warm feelings towards Theresa May. In fact, she held a negative impression of the former prime minister where she roughly believes that May is an evil figure who should not be empathised with. This an important fact to consider when analysing her play due to this opinion influencing her intentions. I found this fact about her purposes particularly fascinating as I understood why she uses certain dramatic devices in her play. This play, albeit candid, further uses ironic sentiments and allusions to elemental historical figures such as Augustus, to influence May’s image. With this understanding, it can be gathered that the play was responsible for representing Theresa May’s desperation to uphold this almost tyrannical and authoritarian image, with the reoccurring allusions to figures such as Augustus and Margaret Thatcher. A legacy of such would be unattainable unless May made controversial sentiments. Her hubristic nature incited a wealth of socio-economic defeats as well as the disruption of the political climate in the United Kingdom.  


I found this narrative clear when reading the play therefore I believe that it was very well written and creative. Marie’s theatre techniques resonated appropriately with Brecht’s style due to her take on socio-political affairs such as Brexit and immigration being prevalent in this play. It is typical of Brecht to reference societal issues in bleak format which Marie succeeds in as she allows for the audience to also critically consider May’s actions, distancing themselves from an entertaining setting. I liked this aspect of the play as allows us as an audience to develop our own opinions about Theresa May, told in an ironic yet alienating manner. I felt as though I was viewing the former prime minister in a demeaning way, however this made me gain an understanding of her attitude.