Ever wanted to debate politics with Donald Trump? Find out what fake-tan he uses, ask him a question or even just get a good laugh from the politician? Well, look no further…The Donald is making a return to Scotland, join, laugh and agree as Simon Jay takes on the role of Mr D. Trump.
This interactive one man stand show will take place at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Gilded Balloon Teviot. All ages welcome.
We asked performer Simon Jay about his experiences as Trump:
How does life feel in Donald Trump’s shoes?
We have the same shoe size, so perfect fit really. We’re opposites; He’s American, I’m British. He’s right-wing. I’m definitely on the left. I’m compassionate and he’s well…
Is it easy to bring this larger than life character on stage?
No. It’s difficult to create a portrait of Trump that is both original but recognisable; it’s my take on Trump, and to do that I had to watch and read everything about it, all the way back to the 70’s. There’s a lot of stuff out there about him.
What do you enjoy most about performing?
Connecting with an audience. We are all going through the same world events together, I don’t have any sure answers or solutions, I’m trying to make sense of it like the audience are, hopefully together we’ll come to see some sort of conclusion.
Is it difficult to portray Donald Trump without offending anyone?
Who says I’m not offending people. Audiences get that a Trump character is going to be offensive, bigoted and misogynistic. The skill is making sure, ultimately, the joke is on Trump himself, we’re laughing at him, not with him. But I have no control how that is received. My intention is to show the true Trump, who is thoroughly despicable.
Do you feel you understand Donald Trump’s outlook on life slightly better after having researched his life for your performance in Trumpageddon?
No. He’s a cypher, a total shell. We all know as much about him as we have always done, which is very little. He’s empty and lonely. He’s a product of modern life. Stupidity, ego, toxic masculinity, cruelty and capitalism. That’s all I know about him, what he represents. I know the facts of his life, and what he’s said and done. But I don’t think anyone knows what’s really going on inside his head. If there’s anything going on at all.
How do you feel about your performance now that Donald has actually been elected?
Last year when I portrayed him as the Republican Nominee, people didn’t really know much about him, other than he was ridiculous. Now President Trump is a terrifying prospect, so I feel it’s my responsibility to make audiences feel empowered and weather this political storm, there could be positive things on the horizon, if we work towards it.
If you were Donald Trump in real life, what would your first order of business be?
Resign. Stand trial, atone for what I said and give all my money to charities of peoples and places that have been affected by my terrible life.
Donald returns to the Fringe as the president of The United States of America in Trumpageddon. You can catch him at the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) from 3 – 28 Aug. Purchase tickets here.