REVIEW: Bug, Found 111 Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

James Norton in Bug at Found111 Theatre

Simon Evans’ production of Bug is a visceral and immersive piece, which lives up to Tracey Letts’ excellent script. Kate Fleetwood and James Norton deliver deeply moving performances, complimented by a strong supporting cast and sublime set, lighting and sound design. It is a brilliantly judged production, which will set your pulse racing, and linger long in the memory.

The magic of The Vanishing Man at Vault Festival

Vanishing Man at Vault Festival London

David Aula and Simon Evans have teamed up to create a ground-breaking piece of theatre, The Vanishing Man, described as a “time-hopping, misdirection-abusing, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man, in full sight of his audience, simply ceases to be”. “This is a show about magic. But not a magic show,” they said. It tells of Hugo Cedar, an Edwardian magician known as The Vanishing Man, who created the perfect trick and then disappeared forever. Hugo Cedar, on June 13th 1932, stood on London Bridge for over three hours and then, in front of dozens of onlookers, appeared to vanish before their eyes. No magician has ever been able to work out this trick, yet Aula and Evans explore it here, with their “experiment in magic” that decodes why we like to be lied to. Simon Evans said: ”I’ve been able to work out, deconstruct and rebuild every trick I’ve … Read more

Andrew Scott and David Dawson to Star In The Dazzle

The Dazzle with Andrew Scott

The Michael Grandage Company and Emily Dobbs will co-produce the UK premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle at Found111, at the old site of Central St Martins School of Arts on Charing Cross Road. “My brother makes an epic of a molecule — what would he do with the world?” New York City. The beginning of the 20th Century. Two brothers sit in their home surrounded by 136 tons of hoarded junk. When a beautiful guest arrives, everybody’s lives are thrown into sharp focus. The Dazzle will star Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Spectre) as Langley, David Dawson (The Duchess Of Malfi, Posh) as Homer and Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise, Dancing On The Edge) as Milly. The Dazzle is directed by Simon Evans and designed by Ben Stone. Please note that The Dazzle will contain partial nudity and is suitable for ages 12+. The Dazzle opens on 15 December, with previews from … Read more

REVIEW: Black Cat Cabaret – Nocturne, London Wonderground ✭✭✭

The Black Cat Cabaret - Nocturne at London Wonderground

One of the most exciting features of the current fairground-cluster that is London Wonderground on the South Bank is the focus on late night cabaret. In the summer months of the festival many of the leading figures in the London cabaret scene are passing through, sometimes more than once and in different and intriguing combinations. After their award-winning success at Wonderground last year, there were great expectations of the Black Cat Cabaret’s new ninety-minute show, Nocturne, which runs on selected Fridays until early September.