Friday, 31 July 2015

Review: Impossible at the Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 30th July 2015

Taking us back to the good old days of variety, Impossible is a well constructed magic show perfect for the summer holidays. Showcasing the eight principles of magic - escape, transportation, penetration, prediction, levitation, transformation, vanish and production - Impossible had me screaming, covering my eyes and sitting on the edge of my seat thinking 'how on earth did they do that?'

Impossible is absolutely mind-blowing; I love that the show is respectful of the history of the genre, but also brings variety into 2015 with some cool technology and an effective lighting design. It's the perfect opportunity for parents to introduce this kind of show to the next generation.

People are sawn in two, helicopters appear from nowhere, members of the audience have their minds read and one performer balances his entire weight on one single nail (which is when I could no longer cope).

The different performers bring different qualities to the stage and break up the evening nicely. Daredevil and escapologist Jonathan Goodwin takes to the stage with mystery and masculinity whilst the detail in Ali Cook's sleight of hand tricks is insane. My personal favourite was 'mind-bender' Chris Cox who not only reads minds (well, he says he can't read minds but he's certainly better at it than you or I), but also has the the presence and quick wit of a stand up comedian. He's hysterical and I would be more than happy to buy a ticket to 'The Chris Cox Show'. 

At first I wasn't so keen on the concept which sees a child sat at the front of the stage learning the tricks of the trade from the eight professionals. The story is set up but never goes anywhere, and then the boy disappears for the majority of act two. I think the concept should have been more consistent or scrapped altogether, but overall is didn't take away from my enjoyment of the show.

If you're stuck for something to see, fancy something other than the usual play or musical, Impossible provides a gripping evening of entertainment. It is a great West End alternative - there's nothing like a bit of good old variety!

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Impossible runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until 29th August 2015.
Please visit for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks 

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