Steve Goatman presents
Vincent Gambini – The Chore of Enchantment
Fri 08 May, 8:00pm at Copper Auditorium
The world is in turmoil, the news cycle is spinning out of control. Can magic provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure.
Disillusioned by global news events, struggling with ‘magician’s block’, Gambini performs astonishing feats of sleight-of-hand, whilst simultaneously laying bare the hidden difficulties of being a conjuror in the 21st century. Is magic mere escapism, a childish distraction from urgent world problems? As the show progresses, a strange mystery gradually unfolds: has Gambini in fact long retired from show business, and is this very show nothing but a dream-memory of his final performance?
Combining deadpan comedy with jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand magic, The Chore of Enchantment plays expertly with deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Shoreditch Town Hall, Cambridge Junction, and ARC Stockton Arts Centre.
What makes the hour really special is that this is a magic show about magic itself – our need for wonder and miracles in our current dark times, even if we kn ow it’s all made up .’ The List ☆☆☆☆
‘A lovely hybrid of theatre and magic’ – Total Theatre
‘There’s something deeply satisfying in the chill, philosophical style of Vincent Gambini ‘ Exeunt Magazine
‘Gambini balances entertaining his audience with inspiring them to think, both about the real world and the nature of entertainment .’ World Magic Review ☆☆☆☆☆
Selected as part of The List’s ‘Theatre Hit List’, top theatre shows to see at the Fringe. Selected as ‘Best of the Fest’ by the Sunday Times
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