MMF 2017 Mini Review: ‘The Ladies’ Guide to Deceit and Debauchery’

Having seen many magic shows in my life already, I pay extra attention to the shows billed as ‘Experimental’ in the MMF programme. For this show I gathered a gaggle of lovely ladies and walked into the theatre truly not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that my curiosity was winning me over and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

With an enthralling storyline that draws her adult audience in, show host Lucy Darling (performed by Carisa Hendrix) enchanted everyone with her sassy songs and inimitable style. Charming in one moment, and playfully teasing the audience the next this show had me in stitches the entire time. I could hardly catch a breath before the next joke would just about knock me over! Quick witted, wickedly clever and simply gorgeous, Lucy had the audience in the palm of her hand many times. I’m sure she had plenty of admirers in the audience – Lucy certainly had no shortage of audience members willing to assist her when needed. Part magic show and part cabaret, this show is delightful in every way. I won’t spoil here exactly what the show includes, however there are several pieces of magic, plenty of comedy and circus skills thrown into the mix as well as a fantastic narrative / storyline. Lucy is a supreme storyteller and this show remains one of the highlights of my week. If you’re looking for a fun night out with ladies, friends (or foes!) then this is the show for you. Like a great cocktail, I wish I could experience this show again so I can’t recommend it enough!

‘The Ladies Guide to Deceit and Debauchery’ will draw you in with charm and grace and will then put a wide smile on your face. Plenty of ‘dirty martini’ and general drink analogies are referenced in the show and apply here too – as this is a show with sweet and salty elements, leaving a happy feeling within all attending the show.

Extra note: whilst unusual for children to be attending this show (due to timeslot and description), much of the show featured ‘adult humour’ (whilst not being too rude or explicit) and references to alcohol so attendees may like to keep this in mind.

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