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Facilitators of Mirth

Our first Edinburgh Fringe 2020 announcement!

Our very first Edinburgh Festival Fringe show goes on sale today - and its a big one!

Kicking off the season in style; incredible, inspiring, enchanting magician Ben Hart will be performing in the Pleasance Grand for the full run. The Grand is an arena style theatre space with 750 seats. Ben has transitioned from the popular dining room at the Gilded Balloon, which sold out every single show in 2018 and 2019, with additional shows due to demand, to a much larger space, worthy of his continued success.

Ben follows in the footsteps of prestigeous performers Colin Cloud and Tape Face, to take the coveted spot at one of Edinburgh Fringe's largest, beloved and popular venues.

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 Finalist and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart returns to the Fringe for the fourth consecutive year, playing to his largest Fringe audience yet

The show Wonder warns guests to expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic, in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic.

Described by David Walliams as ‘the living embodiment of magic’, Ben has recently played to royalty, heads of state and celebrities, in West End theatres, international arenas and on dozens of UK and international TV appearances (including his own series on BBC Three, The One Show and BBC One’s “Now You See It”).

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE - Shows run 5th to 31st August 2020

Unbelievable! That was unbelievable… Really… I’m shocked” Simon Cowell

Mind-blowing... supreme master of the vanishing act. He really is a must see. Don't miss him” The Adelaide Advertiser

Makes sceptics become believers” Broadway Baby

Ben Hart will have you believing in magic” GlamAdelaide

All together a new species of conjuror” West End Wilma

Utterly enchanting” Daily Mail

Please note: 'Wonder' is suitable for patrons of 12yrs plus

 
Our first Edinburgh Fringe 2020 announcement!

News story posted on 17-01-2020 10:00

Gag Reflex welcomes: Aaron Simmonds to the roster

Gag Reflex are very pleased to welcome Aaron Simmonds to our live roster

Aaron's comedic style is story-based, with a clever one-liners interspersed throughout. He offers sharply-observed comedy which is grounded in his disability, but is by no means limited by it.  Amiable, likeable and with a commanding presence on stage, Aaron is an exciting talent, definitely one to watch and is destined for great things.

"anecdotal gold.. a supremely confident and intelligent performer”
– Fest

 

His credits include BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two), The Edinburgh Show (BBC Scotland), BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Unexpected Fluids podcast and Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session (BBC Radio 5 Live). He’s also been seen and heard on BBC Three and BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has appeared in a 'BBC Quickie' with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones.

Aaron performed his critically-acclaimed debut show, Disabled Coconut, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. 

Aaron has cerebral palsy and is a professionally-trained personal trainer, as well as a former international basketball player and world champion powerlifter.

Gag Reflex have partnered with Andrew Roach Talent, to look after Aaron's Live, Touring and Corporate work.

Gag Reflex welcomes: Aaron Simmonds to the roster Gag Reflex welcomes: Aaron Simmonds to the roster

News story posted on 13-01-2020 12:00

Magic Goes Wrong in the West End

Created with Magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre have conjured up an evening of grand illusion in their show ‘Magic Goes Wrong’

Its the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, where the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target.

The show’s Magic Consultant is none other than Ben Hart, with direction by Adam Meggido, design by Will Bowen, costumes by Roberto Surace, movement direction by Ali James, lighting by David Howe, sound by Paul Groothuis, video and projection by Duncan McLean, composition by Steve Brown and associate direction from Hannah Sharkey.

"This show is totally unique; it is absolutely in the moment, it is comedic, it is magical, it feels like nothing else in the West End, I had such a good time”
– Ben Hart

 

Ben Hart has been inventing magic tricks, special effects and impossible illusions for the world of theatre, film and television for years. His role as magic designer has seen him create special effects and impossible illusions clienting include The Old Vic and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He is well-respected as a highly original magic creator and the go-to guy if you need to decapitate, vanish, levitate, transform etc - no task is too unusual or impossible.

As a writer and director, he has worked with some of the world's top performers, including legends Penn & Teller, regularly being called upon to provide creative, unique and rebellious ideas. He has written and devised material for some of the most well-known magicians in the business.

‘Magic Goes Wrong’ had a fantastically received opening night, and the show continues its run at London’s Vaudeville Theatre until the 31st May 2020, with tickets available here

"Fringe whizz-kids turned theatrical world-leaders”
– ★★★★The Telegraph

 

The cast includes Bryony Corrigan as Spitzmaus, Roxy Faridany as Eugenia, Dave Hearn as The Blade, Henry Lewis as Mind Mangler, Henry Shields as Sophisticato, Jonathan Sayer as Mickey and Nancy Zamit as Bear. The piece's ensemble is completed by Natasha Culley, Laurence Pears, Sydney K Smith and Liv Spencer.

"Tommy Cooper, you suspect, would have loved it. I know I did”
– ★★★★The Times

 

"Spellbinding romp by the masters of mischief”
– Daily Mail

 
Magic Goes Wrong in the West End Magic Goes Wrong in the West End

News story posted on 14-01-2020 00:00

Bowjangles - On Tour in 2020

Bowjangles are a string quartet who can really play. They dance whilst they play. They sing whilst they play. They leap, tumble, juggle and joke whilst they play.

Their show 'Excalibow' was a smash hit sell out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and earned them the Mervyn Stutter's Spriit of the Fringe Award. They returned to the Gilded Balloon by popular demand in 2019 for one very special week of shows, before going on to tour the UK and taking the show to New York, performing a run off Broadway.

"a unique experience not to be missed" – ★★★★Ed Fest Mag
Read the full review here

 

'Excalibow' was originally commissioned to mark their 10-year anniversary, and sees Bowjangles tell the somewhat ludicrous story of their journey to find the most priceless relic of all- a mysterious violin bow known as Excalibow. You’ll love Bowjangles’ inimitable and unique style, full of laughs, boundless energy, and almost every musical genre you can imagine.

Tickets for Tour dates are available here

If you like music, song, dance and comedy, you will love Bowjangles. This multitalented four-piece not only play their instruments superbly, they leave their audience in stitches of laughter – and incredulous. 

"the chemistry and personality ooze from this awesome foursome.. bags of fun, packed with personality and great for the whole family" – ★★★★Edinburgh 49
Read the full review here

 

"An excellent, entertaining hour of multitasking music and mythology.. wholesome and fun - a perfect show" – ★★★★★Voice Mag
Read the full review here

 

"Every element of this fast-paced, one-hour show is performed to an exceptionally high standard. The vocal and instrumental work alone is astounding, but when this is combined with seamless physical movement, precise comic timing and engaging character development, this performance becomes something very special." – ★★★★★Fringe Review
Read the full review here

 

"a whimsical and hilarious adventure through music and there’s plenty to delight" – ★★★★★Broadway Baby
Read the full review here

 
Bowjangles - On Tour in 2020