Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

If you love politics, you're elected

Pending Vote, Lyric Theatre

Vote early, vote often. That old Northern Irish adage took new life last night as the audience at Pending Vote clutched their remote controls and pressed 'yes' or 'no' in response to questions on a big screen.

Roger Bernat's production has no cast. Instead, the audience are the players in this novel approach to democracy live.

We're pointed to designated seating, and vote on questions: Should Stephen Nolan be banned from the airwaves? (No). Nolan is promoted to director of the BBC. Is that what we intended?

Before long, we've agreed to let one representative vote on our behalf. Pending Vote has become The Friendly Face of Fascism. Suddenly majority rule doesn't seem such a good idea.

This unsettling, pertinent show illustrates why we deserve the political leaders we get.

 

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