Katie Bonna: 'I wanted to write about my relationship with my father but I ended up writing about Donald Trump'
- Gareth K Vile
- 7 September 2017
Political theatre confronting lies and their consequences from Katie Bonna in All the Things I Lied About
As Donald Trump plunges the world into greater chaos with his advocacy of 'fake news' and general macho posturing, Katie Bonna's 2016 Fringe success, All The Things I Lied About has taken on a new relevance. 'I wanted to write about my relationship with my estranged father,' she explains. 'I ended up writing about Donald Trump and Alan Partridge. I'm pretty sure I've joined the dishonesty dots joining the two.'
All The Things . . . uses the format of a TED Talk to reveal Bonna's own lies – and their consequences – to make wider comments on a culture that appears to be spiralling out of control. Yet despite the serious political themes, Bonna still wants to have fun.
'This show relies on the audience, so my aim every time I step on stage is to give them the best night I can,' she continues. 'The whole show is a reflection of my process in making the show – the bits where I got sad, frustrated, angry and where we had loads of fun dancing to inappropriate 90s tunes. Plus, there are water pistols!'
Bonna's sense of humour allows her to delve into deeper topics without losing immediacy or playfulness: this is one bunch of lies that tells a profound truth.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Sep