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The Great Surmo's Back

Conjuring for 7 – 70 year-olds: looking like an old-fashioned undertaker, North Devon’s own Surmo gives a performance nicely balancing magic, mime and mystery with story-telling, self-mockery and gentle, lugubrious humour.

Linking and unlinking Chinese rings with feigned ineptness instead of miraculous ease, involving children in a rabbit version of the story of Three Little Pigs, adding mystery with card and rope tricks, grace and elegance knotting and loosening countless colourful scarves.

Ginny Hobart (official Fringe reviewer)

 

To discover how The Great Surmo  came into existence would probably take a team of theatrical anthropologists.  John Surman has worn through a fair number of theatrical boards in a long and distinguished performing life and as the story telling Great Surmo he seems to have finally met his greatest character - himself.  Watching this deeply amiable magician teeter on the edge of disaster is a huge delight because one knows that disaster has, in life as in a magic show, to be dealt with - and anyway what does ‘disaster ‘ matter in the big picture, it’s just the risk you take..  What does matter is the man and his ability to communicate the frailty of our brief moment on the stage - and the crucial role hope and good will play in making a success of anything - particularly a new trick performed for the first time.

Charles Way

 

Sat 28.6.08

The Factory

Well done – that was amazing & clever – you impressed me.

Tasha xxxx

 

Sat 28.6.08

The Factory

Well done.  Very clever,  Funny too – loved the rings.

Megan, Out There

 

Sat 28.6.08

The Factory

Entertaining as always – liked the rings – v clever stuff!

Julie W

 

The Platform

It was very funny

Grace and Sasha

 

The Platform

Something for young and old

 

The Platform

Enchangingly silly as ever – brill!

 

The Platform

Really enjoyed Great Surmo, Otters Tale, Harry Hair – thanks for entertaining.

 

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