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Every Last Trick at The Royal & Derngate (Royal), Northampton

I tweeted during the interval of Every Last Trick that I thought I was tripping while watching the show. After having then seen the second act, I think I can certainly confirm that they were some pretty high end drugs.

All this in the positive respect. by the way. Every Last Trick for me acted very much like a legal high (plant food if anyone asks), with some of the most bizarre incidents possible.

A cast of four and an elephant provided a riotous show lead by head clown Aitor Basauri as Juan, he from Barcelona, well maybe not, but you get the gist. A heavy accent, a bit of conveniently mispronounced English. That sort of thing. A magical performance in every sense, down to his handling on the performance I saw, of the loosened belt audience member. Beware the front rows!

Juan's short suffering wife, played by Sophie Russell was also a delight. The perfect flapper crossed with a liberal dose of insanity. Who was equally impressive being manhandled around the stage unconscious. Large drawers!

Toby Park as Tom was all upper class, adventurer, with elephant in tow and looking for his former love. He quickly found himself embroiled in the mad antics. Give her a blow!

Finally completing the line-up was the glorious loose limbed Adrien Gygax, the most frantic of the performers, with a tremendous physical ability. Bandy legs!

The set was also quite a bit of a star as well, with moving parts, raising parts and on occasion failing parts. On the subject of failing, I would perhaps be fascinated to see what went wrong via a second viewing, as its one of those plays, with such skilled performers and such random action, that if there was a prop fail or a line forgotten, they wove it smoothly into the play.

I read in a review of Every Last Trick on the website of the local Chronicle & Echo newspaper that this was perhaps their least silly production at the Royal. Having not seen any previous ones, I would be concerned of what level drugs their previous would be like.

This truly was one of the most bizarre experiences that I have witnessed, and it suited me because I have a brain like this on many occasions myself.

You need to go to see this because it has the potential to make your jaw ache and your brain melt in equal measure and it really is an experience. Yes, it is certainly an experience...

Every Last Trick is on at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton until Saturday 10th May, 2014
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http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk - Every Last Trick

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