If you're anything like me, you might be a little bit sick of politics and voting and election news right now. (Doesn't this election seem to have been going on for the entirety of the past 5 years???) But I am afraid that I am now going to continue on this topic a little longer.
I clearly wanted some extra politics in my life on Thursday evening though, when, instead of watching the results come in, I attended a political debate with a lovely group of #LDNTheatreBloggers. A very different political debate. With music and singing and dancing. And with an interactive element where I had to vote for the second time that day. It was satisfying that this time, the person who won was actually who I voted for.
London Theatre Workshops's Vote for me: The Musical Debate really is what it says on the tin. Based on US politics rather than British, the debate is in the last stages of the fictional American election between the Republican, (Janet Tilghman played by Emily Lynne) and Democrat (Buddy Rounsaville played by Hans Rye) candidates. They answer a series of questions, mostly through song, and then you are given a chance to vote for your favourite at the end.
|Lucy Grainger (Photo Courtesy of LTW)|
|Company (Photo courtesy of LTW)|
The voting at the end is a wonderful element too, adding an interesting interactive nature to it. In our show the final score was 16-17 to the Republicans which made me suspicious that it was a fix but they did in fact have two alternative endings. It illustrated for me just how important your vote is and how much it counts for. If I hadn't voted in our own General Election, I would have been left feeling horrendously guilty particularly after their rousing song 'Vote.' But I did in both elections and it made a difference. And that is an important overriding message that you should definitely remember.
|Company (Photo Courtesy of LTW)|
Thank you so much to Official Theatre and London Theatre Workshop for inviting me to Vote For Me. It runs until the 23rd May at Eel Brook Pub, Fulham.
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