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REVIEW –Underground: Derren Brown, Theatre Royal, Norwich

REVIEW – Underground: Derren Brown

Theatre Royal, Norwich

He’s one the country’s top illusionists and a regular visitor to Norwich – and we still haven’t worked out how the heck he does what he does.

This show is a highlight of some of his best, and favourite, acts and roars along at quite a pace.

It relies on audience participation and you have to work hard to keep up with it all.

Derren Brown 2017 (2283461)
Derren Brown 2017 (2283461)

You know there is no such thing as the supernatural – he tells you that – and says that much of his production is based on suggestion, misdirection, old-fashioned trickery and a bit of showmanship. Yet, it is still impossible to comprehend how he seems to read people’s minds!

Brown, in his mid-40s, is very eloquent, very likeable and almost shy as he layers deceit upon deceit, wrapping us all up in knots without us minding.

The final conceit is spectacular – the gift that keeps giving and we all, predictably, leave the theatre shaking our heads and muttering: ‘I just don’t know.’

I can only guess that there is a lot of going on backstage, around the building, and that some of these ‘tricks’ take a lot of preparation. It’s great fun!

Sarah Hardy

The show runs until Saturday. Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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