Theatre: The Busker, the politician, love and intrigue – ‘A Westminster Story’

Kevin Quinn (13 February, 2020) Politics Culture

Opening on Tuesday February 25 this tragedy slash love story might mirror a time that the Lib Dems would like to forget

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A stone’s throw from Parliament is the Waterloo East Theatre and for Lib Dems their latest offering, will in part, be a chance to remember those heady days, a decade ago, when they held the balance of power in a Cameron-Clegg coalition.

However, like Sal Fulcher’s play ‘A Westminster Story’ it was a relationship that was never really going to last – in fact it could only really end badly, for one of them at least.

Opening on Tuesday February 25 this tragedy slash love story might mirror a time that the Lib Dems would like to forget, as Nick Clegg’s party paid the price: it lost 49 of its 57 seats.

In her fictional coalition Fulcher explores how far you should go to compromise your principles to stay in power and be able to get things done.

As well as a writer Fulcher is also a psychotherapist, so for those trying to understand the emotions around politick, this might be one to watch.

However, it by no means a straight forward political drama and promises plenty of lighthearted moments with the main character Alannah singing songs throughout the play, as she busks around London.

THE BUSKER: Natalie Allison as ‘Alannah McCusker’ (Scottish finals of Funny Women UK 2018, Ensemble in Les Miserables at The Queen’s Theatre)

‘A free spirited Scottish musician arrives in London, keen to reconnect to her brother. He’s wary of his sister’s return and anxious to keep his addictions hidden.  A politician wrestles with his conscience; should he compromise his ideals to lead his party into a coalition?’, the blurb to the play reads.

However, this is where the similarities to Clegg end, as it continues with: ‘His wife is determined to get on the front benches whatever the cost.

‘One night, the musician and the politician meet on the Albert Embankment and find an unexpected friendship. As their connection deepens, love and politics become entangled.’

THE POLITICIAN: Stephen Blakely as ‘Christopher Birch’ (‘The Seagull’ with Another Way Theatre at Minack Theatre, Lead roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Life of Riley’ US Tour)

Ful Hue Theatre presents ‘A Westminster Story’ at the Waterloo East Theatre, on Brad Street, SE1 8TN from Tuesday February 25 to Sunday March 1.

Times: 7.30pm (Tues to Sat) 4.00pm (Sun)

Running Time: 2 hours

Cost: £16/ £13 concessions

For tickets and more info click here

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