Norden Farm Show: ‘The Prime Minister Goes Bananas’ – 8 July 2010


I mentioned in some of my tweets on Twitter, that I’ve been producing a show about old people plotting to slip the Prime Minister up on a banana. You’ll notice from the embedded tweet below that we had somewhat of a dilemma with only 60 minutes to go…

“Doing a play in an hour about bananas, but the star forgot to buy any bananas. I had to race to Sainsburys…”

– Andrew Burdett, Twitter Post, 10:28 AM Jul 8th via mobile web

08072010724 It’s a bit of fun, with – I believe – some really nice moments in it, many of which were devised by people far greater and cleverer than me. However, I co-ordinated the writing of the script, before deciding that lots of it was a bit rubbish, so I rewrote a large amount myself, and then went on to direct the 15-minute play.

Based around the idea to save the old people’s beloved Prime Minister by, ironically, slipping him up on a banana skin, The Prime Minister Goes Bananas (see what I did with the title?!) features several old people, the Prime Minister, and a couple of spies. One of the two spies thinks they’re the top dog, while my character, Wallace, is more of a hinder than a help.

It’s been really good fun doing this show, and by the audience’s reaction, they seemed to enjoy the finished product. Despite a few fluffed lines by a couple of the members of the cast, it was a play I am pleased to have been a part of making.


Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.