A Regular Little Houdini (Flying Bridge Theatre Limited)
By Andy Leask | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016
An endearing, charismatic performance lies at the heart of this one-man show. The actor takes us through an Edwardian childhood in Wales, spent idolising Houdini, practising magic tricks – sorry, “amazements” – and craving the attention of an often absent father figure. The story is gripping, taking dramatic and tragic turns that surprise and enthral the audience, and is peppered with delightful little displays of sleight-of hand. But too frequently the connection between Houdini, magic tricks and escapology to the wider narrative is tenuous and inconsistently applied; it builds to a corking, moving climax, but the journey there is not quite up to the standard of Houdini’s spectacle.
Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]