Derren Brown – Svengali
Just got back from Plymouth after seeing Derren’s latest show!
Was it entertianing ?
Was it mystifiying ?
Derren asked the audience not to ‘spoil’ the show by writing about, or telling others, the content, particularly the ending, and being one who loves the secrecy, spectacle and surprise of theatre I will honour his request.
The thing I love about Darren’s shows is the way they are structured. They flow with seemingly minimal effort an illusion maintained by careful preparation and rehearsal. Every movement, every sequence draws the audience in and takes them on a rollercoaster ride of befuddlement!
Watching Derren interact with nearly 3,000 people is an object lesson in audience management. He has the ability to ensure that each and every one in the theatre is intimately involved with the drama’s he creates. Often the problem with any form of mentalism is that is essentially a one-on-one performance. But Derrens; routines always create the sense of ‘it could be me next’ which of course engages all.
As for the specifics of this show – well I won’t be letting any proveribial cats out of any metaphorical bags suffice to say that it is a show of three distinct sections. A first half developing and extending the idea of being able to ‘read’ people by their reactions – super routines of the kind Derren is known for. After the interval we’re treated to a super bit of ‘history’ and the origin of the ‘Sevgali’ idea is explored… this leads to a climatic effect which, whilst not linked to the ‘Svengali’ story middle section, is as absorbing and thrilling as it is baffling!
That’s all I will say on the content!
Go see the show if you can get tickets – you will not be disappointed!
Yes I can be a typical. ‘can I have my photo taken with you’ fan!
It was almost an hour after the show finished and Derren as gracious as ever was happy to meet and greet at the stage door…. a nice guy.
Well one of rain swept confused befuddlement as the iphone camera clicked and I pondered ‘how the hell’ the sequence of events which closed the show were actually managed!