Davenport's Christmas Wonder Show

Auden Theatre, Holt

> Auden Theatre, Holt

Billed as “a magical variety extravaganza”, Roy Davenport's second Christmas show delivers a lot of talent but not enough magic or wonder.

Davenport himself spends much more time singing and dancing than doing what he does best... magic. The joys of last year's show - lots of illusions, juggling, sleights of hand - seem to have disappeared in a big puff of smoke.

The young women of the Demon Dancers perform fine, tightly choreographed dance pieces, and Deanna Galipo is a soulful Australian jazz singer who would be even better in a smoky basement club.

And there is quirky home-grown humour from Nigel “Boy” Syer, and some deftly understated comic touches from host Ali Bongo.

There is one star that shines brighter than all the others: Richard Griffin, assisted by Hayley Jane, pulls out of the hat a truly class act.

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He is suave and dashing and the skill and speed of his magic tricks - accompanied by great light and sound effects, flames and firecrackers - is bedazzling.

Magic has a genuine appeal across all generations and is a treat to see live. But, please, more of it.

t The show continues until January 3.

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