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Friday 16 June 2017

Southern Fail – The Musical: As Dispute Escalates Brighton Brings Back Satirical Play

Southern Fail – The Musical, the big hit at this year's Brighton Fringe, arrives for one last performance this Saturday at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre.

The show was created by the team behind Brighton's long-running satirical The Treason Show when its writers, along with thousands of other local people, faced the confusion, frustration and sheer surrealism of the turmoil experienced by Southern Rail passengers.

The fast-paced three-handed show contains scenes which drew howls of recognition from a sell-out Brighton Fringe audience, who sang along with parody adaptations of well-known songs (Leaves on the Line to Sweet Caroline, Imagine There's No Southern) and praised the show as it "addressed a lot of the issues that commuters face every day" and "It summed up my year of misery" – in the funniest possible way, of course. 

Treason Show founder, performer and co-writer Mark Brailsford said: 

"The Treason Show has performed Southern Rail parody songs for five years already – and they have always gone down incredibly well with the audience.

"In the last eighteen months of the crisis however, the reaction has been intense and anger pronounced.

"The Southern Rail crisis is one of those rare political issues that has affected absolutely everyone in our community - whether daily commuter, local business or part-time passenger."

Saturday 24th June sees the last chance to get aboard Southern Fail – The Musical, at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton, tickets £15. You'll be laughing all the way to the delay-repay complaint form.

by: Mike Cobley


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