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‘The one trait common to all great women is the will to be ruthless.’

 

So says Margaret Thatcher, the ambitious blonde heroine of the musical TRUE BLUE;  a blue-blooded fairytale turned tragedy written by Chris Roberts and David Fernandes, with music by Eldred Stevenson. Some of the score is influenced by songs of the period yet references traditional music hall conventions, there is no cheap 80s revivalism here. No Frankie or silly wigs, but there is a cast that includes Ronald Reagan and Norman Tebbit singing such diverse and fantastic numbers as the gospel-inspired "Eyes like Caligula", the triumphalist anthem  "F**k The North" (that’s stuff the north in the matinee version), and the upbeat funk-soul "Gotcha!".

 

TRUE BLUE is a story of ambition, power, love and politics that could be set at any time and one of the goals of True Blue is to pare back this epic tale to its basics so that there was no need to have lived through the 1980s in Britain to either understand or appreciate the story. After all no one demands that Shakespeare be presented by men wearing ruffs, likewise there is no need for leg warmers to feature in a a musical about Margaret Thatcher. TRUE BLUE uses the medium of the musical to explore the motivation of the key players in the struggle; Margaret herself, her blonde rival Michael Heseltine and erstwhile ally Geoffrey Howe.

 

The action starts in the blood and thunder of an election campaign where over the chaos and strife Margaret is elected and promises harmony. How successful she is in this might be judged by the first act songs that include the traditional cockney aire "No such thing as society" and ends with Margaret alone onstage after an attempt to kill her belting out the emotional "Day I wasn’t meant to see".

 

Act two opens with a different solitary figure on the stage -a miner's wife- singing of the sorrow and her loss at "Bersham Fields". With the economy booming and foreign affairs going swimmingly Margaret and her ally Ronnie really believe that "Together they can do the greatest things" until  dramatic events  culminate in her political assassination. This leaves an altogether madder Margaret alone, carping vicious by turns contemptuous and pitiful but "She’s still a lady, an Iron lady".