‘Brexit – the Musical’: Show written by Berwin Leighton Paisner EU law partner to debut at Edinburgh Fringe

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Its characters include Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

An EU law expert at global outfit Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has written a musical about the hot topic of the year: Brexit.

‘Brexit — the Musical’ will debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Starring big political characters including Theresa May, Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn, the play gives audiences a behind-the-scenes peek into events surrounding the referendum.

And who better to tell this tale than an EU whizz? Playwright Chris Bryant is an antitrust and competition law guru with 15 years experience advising in Brussels and London, so it’s safe to say he knows what the EU is all about. He said:

I have been advising clients on the issues surrounding Brexit for the last two years and writing songs for most of my life. It seemed obvious to put the two things together to pen a musical about Brexit. With the characters involved and the events that have occurred since last June, there’s so much fun to be had!

Working as a City law partner is hardly a relaxing, low-pressure job, and we doubt writing an original 70-minute musical isn’t all that easy either. When we asked Bryant how he managed to juggle the two, he said:

Writing the musical was something I did in my spare time, even writing song lyrics on my phone on the tube! I slotted it around other things — it wasn’t easy but it was fun.

BLP’s support must have helped the musical immeasurably; according to Bryant the firm “loves it”. Lisa Mayhew, managing partner, said:

BLP is hugely supportive of Chris and we recognise the importance of allowing people to follow their passions beyond law. He is our resident DJ at our Christmas parties, and I know that his creative talents coupled with his intimate knowledge of the complexities of EU law makes him well placed to write this musical, which we are all looking forward to seeing.

The musical extravaganza — which features 20 original songs written by University of Manchester graduate Bryant — is “set to take Edinburgh by storm”, according to promoters. And with Supreme Court justice Lady Hale recently admitting she attends Fringe every year, let’s hope the musical draws in crowds of judges, barristers, solicitors and non-lawyers alike.

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Is the Edinburgh Fridge a lesser known cousin of the Edinburgh Fringe?



Lesser known but cooler.



The Jeremy Corbyn character to be sitting on a fence in the background, letting everyone else do the singing, before going missing half way through the show?



Who plays the villainous money grabbers who allowed the country to become so socio-economically divided?


Pay juniors more

Probably said partner and the other greedy partners at his firm



Exactly my point.



Corbyn could become a national hero if given the chance. He is an honourable and principled man who deserves to be Prime Minister.



Yes… principles such as scrapping Trident and wiping off student debt.



…which are somehow awful ideas, yes?


Corbyn. Symphathiser

I agree, these are good principles.



Scrapping trident and wiping off student debt are no doubt great principles but terrible policies. Neither are feasible.

Remember the real world does not exist according to principles.



“Neither are feasible” – disagree, why don’t you think so?

“The real world” – Wishy washy argument, put some meat on your bones.

Both are bold policies, I’ll give you that, but there is no reason that they cannot work. Trident is a big cost and by cutting it the money can be used elsewhere to help a lot of people who really need it in this country. Likewise, young people are those who really need a helping hand and the least we can do for them is to take off 30k of debt before they start their careers. Sure, it may mean you have to tax those with a lot of wealth and those who have earned more, but for the sake a generation who may never be able to afford a house and who pay rent to line the pocket’s of previous generations, it is worth it.

Young people are voting Labour because they fair, principled, realistic policies that will address the current imbalance that plays into the hands of the richest 2%. Talk about the “real world” and such isn’t going to cut it – people are young, but not stupid, they will not let themselves be walked on.


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