MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE) – Powder Keg
A fast paced, raucous performance from the Hodgkiss Award winners weaving together time travel, intertwining narratives and songs performed live on guitar to predict what might happen between now and a future general election in 2022. Powder Keg’s double act debut performance explores the effects of popular culture, political policy and inane day-to-day actions on who we choose to vote for.
Moving from the present to the future and back, Ross McCaffrey travels to 2022 and returns to warn the audience and his best mate Jake about the failures of contemporary politics and the punishment doled out to society. Ross tells stories of meeting Michael Gove, feeling displaced from his home town and a drug induced water slide incident that happens in Barcelona. But what is Ross not telling Jake? Is this a report on the future of politics or just a platform for Ross to show off about his time travelling adventures? A raw, up-to-the-minute performance for our current times of political uncertainty channelling a gamut of emotion from anger to apathy, passion and despair.
Age Guidance 12+ Strong language used
“The storytelling is superb and deeply moving… An engaging show by a talented company with a powerful message.” Quiet Man Dave
“If Morale is High is disjointed, at times vague, chaotic, and short of conclusions, that’s all rather appropriate given what the show is about… [A] constantly engaging whirlwind of a show…”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
“A heartfelt piece that, in form as well as narrative, dramatises the contradictions of caring in a globally connected world.” – British Theatre Guide
“A show full of ideas.” Manchester Theatre Awards
“Morale is High is in control of its own daftness, it is a show of daftness, through which it communicates its deep anxieties about what we are diverting ourselves from.” James Varney
“I loved how they delivered this play… It was fast paced without being too fast, and slow without dragging. One of the reasons I love theatre is s because it’s a good way to tackle difficult or uncomfortable topics, and Morale Is High achieved this well.” – Frances B
“This is theatre in an argument with itself; a scrappy dialogue between anger and apathy.” Exeunt
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