Monday 24 April 2017

The curtain is about to come up on the theatre of Trump

We hope Trump doesn't fulfil his absurd pledges, yet his Twitter feed shows us that it's not looking good

Notice any similarities? Donald Trump has said that Orson Welles's 1941 film 'Citizen Kane' is his all-time favourite movie
Notice any similarities? Donald Trump has said that Orson Welles's 1941 film 'Citizen Kane' is his all-time favourite movie

Joe Dowling

As someone who has spent a lifetime in theatre - where make-believe is our common currency - I watched the campaign for the US presidency unfold with a mixture of disbelief, fascination and, let it be said, a measure of admiration for camp Trump.

While Hillary Clinton was obviously the best qualified candidate and her speeches were filled with substance and well reasoned arguments, Donald Trump's free-wheeling style, his sloganeering and his calculated insults to his opponents made for much more entertaining television.

The contrast was like watching a later work of Ibsen in its original Norwegian or spending the evening with Mrs Brown and her boys. The network producers, in the manner of impresarios everywhere, saw the difference and gave the people what they wanted.

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