Review: If Only at Chichester Festival Theatre

If Only at Chichester Festival Theatre
If Only at Chichester Festival Theatre
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There’s a theme running through If Only - one of hope versus fear.

And if the audience is left with anything at the end of the play, it’s the hope that David Edgar hasn’t been spot-on in his predictions on the country’s political future, and the fear he very well might have been.

This play tells the story of modern politics: of alliances formed, of trust and secrets kept and broken, against a backdrop of disaster both natural and man-made.

Jamie Glover, Martin Hutson and Charlotte Lucas play Peter, Sam and Jo, who each have varying degrees of influence on the Tory, Labour and Lib Dem parties respectively.

Act One is pure satire, shining a light on the past few years and unravelling the political undercurrents of that time.

But Act Two is where the fear comes in, when the audience is left questioning the path in which the country is going and, crucially, their part in shaping it.

Until July 27.