The Vote … every presiding officer’s worst nightmare (never mind the Electoral Commission) … worth watching

The Vote More4 Donmar Warehouse90 minutes before polling in the General Election ended on Thursday 7 May, More 4 broadcast the final live performance of a new play from the stage of the Donmar Warehouse.

The Vote is set inside a London polling station. The three polling station staff are played by Mark Gatiss, Nina Sosanya and Catherine Tate. It’s eight thirty in the evening and there are only ninety minutes before the polls close and the ballot box can be sealed up. In the last stretch of an already long day, they end up on farcical roller coaster as countless members of the public stream through the primary school gymnasium doors to cast their vote.

As the clock rushes towards closing time, James Graham’s The Vote turns into every presiding officer’s – and the Electoral Commission’s – worst nightmare.

It’s bad that someone voted twice. But trying to compensate for it is even worse.

Josie Rourke’s direction allows hilarity to rub shoulders with the serious business of democracy and people working under pressure. The pace is fast, and the quality of the acting high in a compact set that is frighteningly familiar.

If you’re missing the sound of ballot papers being folder and counted, then you’ve 24 days left to watch The Vote. It’s well worth it. If you work for EONI, make sure you’ve someone else in the room with you!