It’ll Be Alt Right On The Night
It’ll Be Alt Right On The Night tells the tale of a friendship between Stevo and Greeny. Stevo and Greeny grew up together, sharing a love of punk but as they grew older their lives take them on different paths. Stevo moves towards the right, declaring things such as being Conservative is in the new punk rock and celebrates at both the US election and the referendum results. Greeny is on the other end of the political spectrum, disgusted with what Stevo shares on social media.
The show is told as a stream of consciousness, jumping across timelines which is signified by writer and actor Matthew Greenhough changing a record in the corner. This record change is also punctuated by some jazz trumpet by Steven Wright, symbolising the relationship between both punk and jazz and also between Stevo and his father however it sat at odds with the anarchic feel of the show.
The methodology of the jumping timelines works well, the feeling that you know where their friendship will end up and how they are drifting apart when you hear about how close they were as children was a clever device. However the plot itself felt secondary to Greenhough hammering political points home. Often situations felt created just so Greenhough could delve deeper into the political psyche of Greeny or Stevo and resulted in a slightly preachy feel to the show.
It’ll Be Alt Right On The Night began fairly even handed between the 2 characters however as the show developed it was clear where Greenhough’s feelings lay and the last segment felt even more preached at as a result. Greenhough did well at conveying a punk physicality throughout the show. His words were fast, occasionally stumbling over them but this added to the raw feel of It Will Be Alt Right On The Night, something that fitted in with the punk theme.
It’ll Be Alt Right on the night whilst attempting to depict 2 views in modern Britain eventually came across as one sided and preachy, with the plot itself struggling to take centre stage between the political juxtapositions.
It’ll Be Alt Right on the Night is on at the Pleasance Courtyard from 2:00-3:00. Find out more about the show and Wound Up on their website.