Whipping it up
17 October, 2007
Tonight I went to the theatre for the first time in quite a while to see Whipping it up. It’s a comedy satire of the Whips office in a thankfully fictional future conservative government with a majority of three.
The script, well it aint Shakespeare but it would be harsh just to call it functional. The first scene didn’t set the play alight but it soon warmed up and there was a good quota of laughs which the cast successfully extracted. I feel it was a play written by a luvvie rather than a politico but what it may have lost in realism it may have gained in theatrical finess.
Richard Wilson was seriously good as the old chief whip and I think a cut above the rest of the cast who all put in solid performances. Abigail Thaw played the bitch as a Labour Whip so well that i’m sure the fine upstanding members of the whips office could learn a thing or two. Now it may have been the script or the direction but I didn’t find the character of the Tory junior whip particularly believable. Chastising him as a barrow boy one minute then going on about how he had his seat on a plate because his dad was MrLoadsamoney the next didn’t ring true.
Anyway if this sounds a bit negative that isn’t the whole story as I went away at the end a happy bunny. Decent laughs, a good cast and a plot with plenty of twists and turns kept my attention through out. So if you get a chance to see it grab it with both hands.