Victor/Victoria is the wonderful gender bending musical currently in production at London Bridge’s Southwark Playhouse.
The Little Dog Laughed is an excellent, well written play flitting between New York and LA, and tells the story of Mitchell (Rupert Friend), Diane (Tamsin Greig), Alex (Harry Lloyd) and Ellen (Gemma Aterton), satirising Hollywood and its attitudes towards its stars, their lovers and those that fall between
Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program has descended onto the Vaudeville Theatre, the first time the lady from Will & Grace and her posse have performed outside of the United States. With a mixture of alternative jazz, rhythm n blues and swing, this songstress proves that she has more talents than meets the eye.
Take five talented Drag Queens, mix in a plethora of past and present Divas and you have ‘Drag Divas’, on at The Arts Theatre in the West End.
Currently performing at the Leicester Square Theatre is psychological illusionist Luke Jermay who has been touring with his one-man show, recently at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. Having previously had a fixture at Las Vegas, he has also been a consultant to Derren Brown and now steps out of the shadows to thrill and titillate with his powers to connect with the minds of his audience.
It is quite exciting to watch someone correctly guess what someone has just randomly read in a book, what star-sign they are or even what underwear they have on, and it is this kind of illusion that had the audience clapping wildly, or gasping with shock at how accurate he was.
As soon as Luke steps on stage, there is an assurance in his delivery, humour in his performance and just a little bit of theatricality thrown in, whether it is revealing someone’s embarrassing moment or delving into their innermost secret.
You can sense the uneasiness in the theatre as he eyes the stalls, searching for his next “victim”, and also feel the disappointment when they weren’t picked to come up on stage.
Few people want to be picked in case their deepest darkest secret come out, but at their core they want to be selected to have their scepticism dispelled. And that is why this type of illusion is so interesting. Luke knows exactly how to lead an audience on a journey, asking them to keep an open mind because you “never know where it might lead.”
Unfortunately, there were some nagging moments throughout that turned what could have been a truly exciting evening into something that felt, at times, unconvincingly amateur. Music was played to heighten the drama, when it actual detracted from it, and Luke focused far too much attention on one person for most of the evening. There were also tarot cards which, whilst exciting at first, just felt like he was trying to fill as much of the 90 minutes as he could.
The main criticism was that the audience could never know how accurate he was. The tarot cards, for example, were never shown to the audience after he “correctly” guessed what it was. And this running theme, where you had to take his “powers” at face value, was just infuriating. This show could be something incredible, but there was nothing new, nothing fresh and nothing to make Luke stand out from other psychological illusionists who seem to have a bigger flair for their craft.
There is absolutely no doubt that Luke has a gift, though what that gift truly is will only become apparent in future shows and seeing what he can really do to elevate him from novice to master.
Sixth Sense is at the Leicester Square Theatre until 13th July and is well worth a look in, if only to try and figure out for yourself just how he does what he does.
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