Unfortunately you can’t, with any good conscience, review a Derren Brown show as such – because it’s packed full of things I could spoil by doing so, which would be rather unfair to performer and readers as-yet-to-see-the-show alike. Not that my site gets that much traffic, but well, you know what I mean.
Rich and Em kindly bought Cat and I tickets for Derren’s ‘Svengali’ tour this weekend at Liverpool. Unfortunately Cat was poorly, so sensibly opted to stay at home whilst the rest of us set off early in the morning due to some diversions – because Rich and Em had to meet up with their wedding venue, which is kinda en route, we found ourselves with a whole day to kill before the gig.
We decided to visit The Monkey Forest near Stoke, which was ace – it’s quite easy to describe really, a woodland enclosure full of monkeys. Barbary Macaques to be precise, and they were great fun – watching the baby monkeys playing in particular was hilarious. I don’t think it that you could make a full day out at the place, but £7 for an hour or two’s monkey magic is well worth it.
Onward we headed to the North West and went to Ikea to get some tealight holders for the impending wedding, and took the chance of course to grab some meatballs – nom! On the trip we managed to offer Cat’s ticket to Mark, who lives in Manchester, so we arranged to meet him in Liverpool in time to watch England stroll past Wales.
So we watched the match in the Walkabout in Scouseville on one of the best definition big screens I’ve ever seen. To say it was a walk in the park for England is an understatement – game over after 15 minutes or so, and barely a sweat broken. Despite not really being into international football to any great degree it’s nice to watch on occasion.
After further mooching around – a Subway, a quick drink in a really dodgy pub near the theatre (that stank of piss, and was tastelessly bedecked in Liverpool FC memorabilia – I suppose that’s an occupational hazard in Liverpool itself though!) it was time to take to the theatre itself.
The show was at once excellent, enthralling, stimulating and entertaining – I won’t spoil any content, but Derren Brown never disappoints. I think, on balance, I liked his last show Enigma better – but this was plenty beguiling and confounding enough. And a little sinister. Also hilarious, because Mark was singled out quite early in the show and as a result revealed an ingenius story about himself (after being warned about surreptitious camera use and threatened with being asked to leave!)
I didn’t manage to grab a frisbee, again – indeed, only one came up to the circle where we were sitting. Never mind! It was still tremendous show, and well worth missing out on more direct involvement because of Mark’s revelations – which admittedly was trumped somewhat later, all I can say about that is ‘Hammer Time!’
Then it was for poor Rich to finish off a very long day with a nightime drive back to Nottingham. All in all, a long but thoroughly entertaining day. Not looking forward to being back at work in the morning…!