Dirty Protest - "Counted"
The Election Night evening of Dirty Protest rehearsed readings, in the warehouse out back of Milgi, went under the theme “Counted”, and featured four pieces from the recent London away-day in addition to two from local writers. First up was “2020 Vision” by Cardiff poet Mab Jones – a not especially subtle, but still amusing and incisive depiction of a futuristic political debate; “Not A Funeral” by Ed Hime (responsible for an excellent BBC Radio 4 Friday Play recently) was a skin-crawlingly sinister tale of abusive familial dysfunction; Mark Williams’ “Use It Or Lose It”, was a highly engaging comic dissertation on cosmic balance; Atiha Sen Gupta’s “Hug A Tory” and James Graham’s “Independence Fay” were both deft satires on the shallowness and cynicism of youth-oriented Cameronian electioneering, the former angry and trenchant, the latter a compact, entertaining three-acter; Jack Thorne’s “The Statement” was an exceedingly chilling revenge fable. Tom Cullen, Remy Beasley and Ceri Murphy gave charmingly naturalistic performances under the direction of Mared Swain. Beautifully done. An informal audience poll, reflecting events outside, was carried out: if reflected nationwide, it would have resulted in Labour being the largest party (possibly to be undone by a Lib-Dem/Plaid deal) and a Tory wipeout - there was, however, a suspiciously high number of abstentions.