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Review: Books, Theatre, Albums, Movies and Gigs

Derren Brown – Enigma Tour

Liverpool Empire Theatre
March 2 – March 3 (touring until June 28)

Director: Andy Nyman
Producer: Objective Talent Management Ltd.
Running Time: 2 hrs 45 mins

image © derrenbrown.co.uk
 

Derren Brown 2010

 


Let’s be clear here. This review is going to tell you absolutely nothing about Enigma because to do so would be to spoil absolutely everything.  Since making it “big” with Mind Control in 2002, Brown has grown into a phenomenon with his multi-award winning TV and theatre shows,  and rightly so. Yet with Enigma, although he is pulling the strings, it is the members of the audience who are picked out courtesy of a sometimes dangerously low-flying Frisbee that really take centre stage. Guided with the slick patter of Cockney used car salesman, yet never becoming smug enough to broach the world of the truly creepy, Brown is undoubtedly one of the most charming stage performers around, which is clearly how he induces such trust from his subjects.  Yet what makes the show what it is – a truly mesmerising theatrical event that should live forever in the memory of all who see it – is the vast array, variety, speed and overall capacity to amaze that his “tricks” and acts of “suggestion” comprise.

So manifestly mind boggling – enigmatic, it might be said – is Derren Brown’s performance, the only advice that can be given is to watch and listen and absorb even the minutest detail because if by chance something is forgotten, it will come back and bite... guaranteed.

Looking around the auditorium of this sold out theatre, there is not one person who can disagree with the statements that it’s probably the best ticket they’re likely to buy this year and that Derren Brown simply gets better and better.
Chris High

 


DERREN BROWN Q & A FEATURE

Q: DERREN, YOU'VE DECIDED TO TAKE ENIGMA BACK ON TOUR. IS IT THE SAME SHOW OR HAVE ADDED ANYTHING?

A: It is the same show - each one goes out across a couple of years. I normally take a week or so to tweak a few bits and pieces that we feel might need attention, but basically it is the same show. 


Q: FOR THOSE READERS WHO HAVEN'T SEE THE SHOW YET HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?

A: Loads more fun than you'd expect if you've only seen the TV work. And all based on random audience participation. 

Q: YOU ONCE SAID YOU PREFER PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE TO TV. IS THAT STILL THE CASE?

A: Hugely. When touring I get to travel around with my best friends, do a show I love and I'm confident people will enjoy, and have all the adrenalin that comes with performing. With TV there are constant enforced changes, restraints, and frustrations that sap much of the joy out of it. With the tour, once it's rehearsed, I only have to go out and have the pleasure of doing the show, changing it as I like at my own pace. 

Q: WHAT WAS THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST ENIGMA TOUR?

A: I honestly can't think of anything unpleasant that happened. My memories are all entirely glowing. Coops (my PA and stage manager) ran over my laptop on his skateboard and dented it - that might be it. But I didn't really mind.  

Q: AND THE BEST?

A: I really enjoyed filming the audience singing 'Happy Birthday' to Coops for his 30th as a surprise, with him next to me on stage.

Q: YOU HAVE A SERIES OF DOCUMENTARIES IN THE PIPELINE. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM?

A: I've been spending some time with people making paranormal claims, and I'm going in with a genuine hope for the evidence to hold up. I spend my life fabricating supernatural power, so I'd love it all to be true. Of course extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence, so at the same time I know what to look out for and not get fooled. It's been a fascinating project, and more complex that I imagined. 

Q: ARE YOU PLANNING TO WRITE A NEW BOOK?

A: I'm currently editing a book that I've written for release in October 2010. It’s a kind of semi-autobiographical whimsy.

Q: AND HOW ABOUT@DERRENBROWN? ARE YOU ENJOYING TWITTER?

A: Loving it! I held off for a while and now I adore it. It runs alongside the derrenbrown.co.uk/blog which is now rather massive, so it's a pleasure to mix the personal tweets with the more informative blog entries.


Q: LASTLY DERREN, WHAT DO YOU TO RELAX?

A: I like to show disturbing tricks to toddler in queues when their parents aren't looking.

You can check out Derren’s collection of portraits at www.derrenbrowart.com
For general info on Derren go to www.derrenbrown.co.uk



Derren Brown review 2004 | Derren Brown Review 2007

 

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