Sleight of Hands - Cast, Doncaster

Bringing together the worlds of dance, magic and film is the show Sleight of Hands at Cast inDoncaster.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 12:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 12:33 pm
Sleight of Hands, Cast

Enter the world of conmen and tricksters and follow four characters on a journey of betrayal and revenge.

When there is no-one to trust and everyone is out for themselves, who has the final laugh?

Cirque du Soleil magician Simon West and director and scriptwriter Josh Baker-Mendoza collaborated with Middleborough-born choreographer Nathan Johnston to create this new dance thriller performed by three dancers and one magician.

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Sleight of Hands follows four characters – the Dirty Cop, HoneyTrap, the Street Hustler and Puppet Master as they manipulate and deceive one another to win their prize, prove their worth or simply because they enjoy it.

The action unfolds like a thriller and the audience follow the story from one point of view, only to have a completely different point of view when the story plays in fast forward, ending in a dramatic twist which uncovers hidden plans, ulterior motives and reveals the real conman.

This complex and exciting story is told using a mix of contemporary dance, physical theatre and sleight of hand magic.

Choreographer Nathan said of his first solo project: “I have always been fascinated and excited by cinema, especially films that have a clever plot twist.

“I wanted to explore how this would work on stage using contemporary dance, in a sense to create a dance thriller.”“Sleight of Hands is at Cast next Wednesday, June 8.

London Classic Theatre brings Harold Pinter’s classic play The Birthday Party to life at the theatre on the same night.

By turns, cryptic thriller and macabre comedy, The Birthday Party was Harold Pinter’s first major work and is among his most unusual and absorbing plays.

After a hostile premiere in 1958 which almost ended Pinter’s career, The Birthday Party went on to become a classic of British 20th century theatre.

In a shabby boarding house in a small English seaside town, an elderly couple take care of a solitary guest, who rarely ventures out.

The arrival of two enigmatic strangers offers a welcome distraction from their mundane existence. But when a surprise birthday party abruptly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, there are horrifying repercussions.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter wrote 29 plays including Betrayal, Old Times, The Homecoming and The Caretaker.

In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

Box office: at the theatre, call 01302 303959 or visit Cast in Doncaster