Writers: Derren Brown, Andy Nyman &Andrew O’Connor
Director: Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor
Set Designer: Simon Higlett
Lighting Designer: Tim Mascall
Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent
Derren Brown is here to remind us just why, after 13 years of touring, BAFTA and Olivier awards, record breaking ratings and dozens of TV shows he remains the master of illusion. As ever he requests that those who have seen the show do not reveal anything of its content so as not to spoil it for any who have yet to see it. And who would wish to ruin such an incredible theatrical experience? Or, indeed, betray Derren Brown?
It isn’t hard to understand his success. His TV shows have, in the past, show him to be idiosyncratic, mysterious and at times even dark and peculiar. Yet his warmth and humour when presented with a live audience proves him to be incredibly charming and full of joy.
He opens the show with a brief message; a summary of things we all probably thought we knew about our lives, our pasts, our futures and our expectations. He then moves on to the tricks you’d hope to see in a Derren Brown show; random audience member, live mind reading. Never once insulting the audiences intelligence, rather he tells us what methods he’s employing, it’s this sharing that ensures Brown is never showing off, but always wowing crowds.
The second half is more of a spectacle in which Brown attempts to perform the most popular magic trick in the world today. Many were sceptical. Even more resisted, but doubtlessly (as the standing ovation attests) none were disappointed.
At times a dazzling wit and at others, charmingly juvenile, he is able to move effortlessly from the imposing illusionist to the daft comedian who relishes in the mistakes or the unexpected. It’s this skill that enables Brown to take the audience on a very genuine emotional journey, something that’s difficult to provide in a one man show, and doubtlessly the key to his unwavering national respect and his universal likeability.
The stunning set and lighting, designed by Simon Higlett and Tim Mascall respectively bring you further into Brown’s world of the peculiar, the life affirming and the spectacular. Those hoping to see a Miracle will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.
Runs until: Saturday 18th July 2015