An interesting one, this one. A straightforward low brow cabaret show with singing and juggling and the like. But, not so straightforward too. I liked it enough for what it was, it was visual and amusing and it passed the time quickly. The guys were likeable and engaging and I’d like them to be my uncles. My friend went on stage and we laughed at him. But it was more, too, a very slick parody of sorts. Not quite spot on, scripted mistakes carefully woven in and very self deprecating. Silly and cheap in places. Odd choices of acts and props. Not the sort of thing middle aged men should be doing. Awkward. Brilliant. A song and dance routine about hot beans which was both technically excellent and almost embarrassing. I thought it might have been genius.
Ruth’s 4* review:
It would be unfair to say too much about Derren Brown’s show, as doing so spoils things for those that have not been to see it yet. Indeed, during the show Derren asks the audience not to reveal anything about the content.
As always, Derren was a mesmerising performer – interesting, funny, self deprecating and hugely charismatic. I felt that in this particular show we saw more personality – a bit more about Derren’s self and his childhood along with some life affirming principles to live our lives by – and that only added to the warmth of the thing.
I’ve seen Derren Brown live several times and this was maybe not the most spectacular or visually astounding thing I’ve ever him do, but it was still impressive and it was still lovely.
Really enjoyed it.