Review: Night Magic at the Adnams Spiegeltent

Night Magic in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture : ANTONY

Night Magic in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

The Spiegeltent is an other-worldly venue, and this Hocus Pocus and Gossamer Thread co-production, Night Magic, seeks to lift the veil and take you to the other side.

Night Magic in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture : ANTONY

Night Magic in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Mixing vaudeville, magic, burlesque, and circus it is a tongue-in-cheek show that doesn't take itself too seriously, despite dabbling in deathly themes: it's probably the only festival show featuring ghosts as cast members.

Night Magic in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture : ANTONY

Night Magic in the Adnams Spiegeltent as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Daisy Black's aerial performances and Natalya Umanska's dance number are both well observed, and Alex McAleer's mind-reading spot is genuinely impressive and deserving of a more dazzling reveal. Some of the more familiar tricks needed a bit more showman's patter to raise the irony levels to the max; sadly audiences have lost almost all their innocence since Edwardian times.

This is a promising ensemble, and with a little more of the quick than the dead it has all the makings of a pacey and entertaining show.

James Goffin


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