On Rog's recommendation Ian, Guy, Stu and I went to see Aurélia’s Oratorio at the Lyric Hammersmith last night.
And what a dazzling display of stage illusion it was! Mixing magic from music hall, variety and circus, it created an extraordinary theatrical fantasy. Aurélia Thierree is an elegant waif with impossibly flexible limbs and a great line in sleight of hand. And she is the grand-daughter of the legendary Charlie Chaplin no less.
What makes this more than just another magic show is the way it is presented, Aurelia’s huge range of skills both as an actress, illusionist and dancer makes her irresistible to watch and her confident and fearless corde de lisse is quite breath-taking.
I particularly loved the Punch and Judy sketch with its party of comical puppet children.
And those red velvet curtains seemed to have a life of their own.
Catch it if you can.