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A Brand new one-man-show.
Set in Newport docks between 1905 and 1913. A young boy from Pill, grows from boy to man. He is obsessed with Houdini and Magic. Houdini visited Wales twice in the Edwardian period sparking huge controversy with his cunning self-promotion stunts. On both occasions, run-ins with Newport police eventually lead to arrest and a court appearance in Newport. We see the eight years, book ended by Houdini's two visits, through the young boy's eyes. He lives through and tells of the massive industrial growth of South wales, the building of the transporter bridge, The Newport dock disaster of 1909, which killed 39 people. Growing to adulthood, measuring himself against the real working class heroes in his family, he holds on to the ultimate dream of emulating his fantasy hero, Houdini. A moving, fantastical story of the imagination and spirit of youth, versus the cynicism of adulthood in a ruthless, industrial Britain.
This show is accessible to people of all ages, particularly ten years and above. There are magic tricks and fantastical stories of monsters and Cyclopes and even an appearance by Houdini himself.
“This delightful monologue is a story-telling play full of incident and excitement and it ends with one of the simplest yet most satisfying transformations I've ever seen.” Victor Hallett – Theatre Wales reviews
“Some tragic and fascinating forgotten history of our working class town spun through the eyes of a local boy inspired by the magic and showmanship of the most famous magician who ever lived! If you get the chance...go see it!” twitter
Written and performed by Daniel LLewelyn-Williams. Directed by Joshua Richards (fringe first winner and winner of best of the festival award for Playing Burton and Rosebud).
Features music by Newport based Celtic fiddler Meg Cox
The Show opened at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in November 2013 to huge success and is currently touring the uk.