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IF YOU can’t get enough of Michael Moore and wish there were at least another two Team
America films to get your teeth into, then you’re going to love this new show that tackles the inherently farcical “War on Terror”.
As the programme says: “It wasn’t too hard to write some of these sketches; it often turned out that the reality was so absurd it did not need satirising.” Devised by a group of students from Cambridge University, the piece is sharp and funny in the way that only something so properly researched can be. The benefit of war to private corporations is a point that is particularly well conveyed, as is the whole well-documented bizarreness of declaring war on a mood.
The cast are great at mimicking renowned figures such as Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld and Barack Obama (who also isn’t let off the hook) and it’s very funny, even if you feel like you’ve heard it all before. This is comedy sketch writing at its political best and while it’s not the first piece of work to poke fun at its subject matter – and no doubt won’t be the last – the topic has so much comic mileage that you can forgive the odd bit of repetition.
Until 30 August. Today 4:55pm.