Arguments For Terrorism

Bush and Blair rue their end of days at the Old Museum Arts Centre

As the recent over-hyped US election results show, those of us who think that George Dubya, far from being the most powerful leader in the world is in fact nothing more than a ludicrous buffoon – a laughing stock, indeed - are by no means in the minority.

David Ireland’s hysterical, biting new play – scripted right up to the last minute – therefore is a timely offering, lowering the bold Bush to exactly the level he deserves.

Arguments For Terrorism is set on the night of the US election results. Dubya is all packed and ready to leave the White House. He is being consoled by his good friend, Tony Blair, now George’s live-in housekeeper, maid, cook – and lover! 

It sounds like a ridiculous concept, but when you are dealing with two characters as ridiculous as Bush and Blair, it really hits the mark.

Dubya – superbly portrayed in this rehearsed reading by the excellent Richard Dormer – spends his last days listening to hardcore hip-hop, extolling the virtues of LL Cool J, beheading mice and playing Grand Theft Auto

As Tony B – also brilliantly performed by Richard McFerran – tries to cook dinner and then meet Simon Cowell to discuss his latest career move, onto the scene prances (literally) Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Tony Flynn almost steals the show with his hysterical over-the-top camp display, as Bush spirals out of control and descends into an alcoholic orgy of self-destruction.

Ireland’s script is full of sharp insight and satire, with some superb one liners. At one point, Dubya proclaims: 'Don’t be childish, don’t be racist, don’t bomb Venezuala, don’t come in my hair', one of the definite highlights of the evening.

All too suddenly, this little gem is over: an hour of side-splitting, rip-roaring political farce. Just like the Bush presidency, really. 

Mark Ashby