So, Duke + I have rather spontaneously gone to see an awful lot of theatre in the last little while, and one of the shows we went to see was Posh, at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
It’s a small theatre, and we were lucky to get seats mid centre, a few rows behind the premium seats. The show wasn’t quite sold out (understandable for a matinee session on a Saturday afternoon) but all in all it was pretty lovely. The only downside is that it’s quite close to the tube, which, having sat in the stalls, surely must have been right under our feet. Not only could you hear the trains, you could *feel* them rumble underneath you. Only slightly distracting.
The show, well, it was both hilarious and a bit revolting. It’s essentially about 10 over-privileged Oxford boys and the sense of entitlement being rich brings them. That could otherwise be read as: young rich boys can be dicks.
There are 10 young and extremely privileged boys from Oxford who are part of a dining society, the legendary Riot Club. The idea being that once a term they meet for dinner with a few rules. No one can leave the room once the dinner has started, there is a ridiculous amount of drinking (toasts, they call it) and by the end of it, they trash the room, with the intention that they will pay their way out of it with all their wads of money. They’re trying to tone it down in the interest of avoiding the bad publicity to club got last year, but aren’t especially clever about it.
It starts out pretty light hearted, the boys are all very witty with big grins. There are jokes and digs and laughs. Very entertaining, actually. Very posh, loads of colloquialisms, which helped bind everyone to the ‘were all in it together’ kind of mentality. It was all quite hilarious, actually. They intersperse a few of the scenes with some pretty awesome hip hop 10 man barbershop type performances, with tunes like LMFAO’s I’m sexy and I know it, Maroon 5′s Moves Like Jagger and Labrinth’s Earthquake. It was actually amazing, and was definitely one of the more enjoyable aspects of the show.
However, as the dinner moves on, and the more trashed (one of the main themes that was pretty heavily dished out through the show) the boys got, the darker and more tense things got. Their carefully laid plans were foiled (a 10 bird roast that only had 9 birds, the hired prostitute who leaves rather unexpectedly), and then comes the bitching, with bucket loads of resentment, specifically towards politics + the coalition government, disdain for those of lower classes, and the landlord, the poor guy who runs the gastropub in which the dinner is set.
The ending was a bit violent, and entirely without justice (or the ‘all for one’ group solidarity which I’d expected). Left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, and made a very clear point about the upper crust of the society in which we live.
I think a lot of it went over my head. I’m not English, I’ve been here a year and a half, if that, and I’ve never encountered characters like the play depicted. The upper class of society, I’m not sorry to say, is well outside of my experience, and, with my pay grade, I am unlikely to ever have to face them.
Over all, enjoyable. Like I said, both hilarious and revolting. Witty dialogue, cute actors in tails, and a pretty clever stage set. Worth a viewing, if you get a chance.