“★★★★★ One of the most consistently entertaining productions this reviewer has seen in years.”London Theatre 1
Bringing back a long-forgotten act, Kit Young stars in this story of deception
Influence tells The Magician’s story.
Descended from and inspired by a long line of mentalists, conjurers, and illusionists, for the first time he brings his skills in acting and magic together, to present an enchanting journey through a long-forgotten act that he is going to bring back to life…
“Theatrical magic show cleverly fogs the boundary between performance and reality” – THE STAGE
️️️★★★★”A magic and theatre lovers’ treat, Influence will keep you on your toes” – A YOUNGISH PERSPECTIVE
“As with the trickery, the production as a whole is really well-crafted, with particularly Natalie Pryce’s set design perfectly bridging the tricks and The Magician’s reality” – WHATS ON STAGE
️️★★★★ ‘Influence combines the frisson of danger of a magic show with a play’s careful plotting” – LONDON PUB THEATRES
With a few new surprises along the way. The work challenges the audiences’ powers of perception, and asks them if they can really believe what they see and hear?
Full of twists and turns, Influence plays with illusion, throwing into question the difference between truth and deception, reality and fiction.
Chris York, Georgia Crowther, Maheni Arthur
Sound Design & Composition
Annie Rowe CDG
Production Manager & CSM
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
The production takes everything you know from the world of Derren Brown, Houdini, David Copperfield and Chung Ling Soo and mixes it with the most infamous piece of theatrical weaponry and the carefully seeded tricksiness of BBC2’s Inside Number Nine to deliver one of the most consistently entertaining productions this reviewer has seen in years.
Offies Nomination: Kit Young for Solo Performance
A magic and theatre lovers’ treat, Influence will keep you on your toes looking for slip ups that don’t come – it’s real magic on stage from Kit Young.
An ambitious, fun piece of theatre
London Pub Theatres
As with the trickery, the production as a whole is really well-crafted, with particularly Natalie Pryce’s set design perfectly bridging the tricks and The Magician’s reality. It’s also a real testament to Simon Slater’s sound design that, even as The Magician points out how much the music of the show could be manipulating us, it continues to do so
Theatrical magic show cleverly fogs the boundary between performance and reality
#Influence @CollectiveStage @wearestockroom. Magic. Drama. Theatre. Storytelling. Exploring Influence and Influencers, and how much we are swayed by others. @kittheyounger is charming, charismatic and mesmerising as The Magician. Drawing the card below even got me onto the Stage! pic.twitter.com/ncRJTagpun— Rakshita Patel (@MycroftBrolly) November 22, 2023
2 days and 2 magic shows. my mind has been thoroughly blown 🪄🤯 pic.twitter.com/DwvGmUyrR4— michaela 🍂 (@schuylermoores) November 21, 2023
Influence engrosses and entertains through the acting of its star: Kit Young
Under director James Hillier’s careful hand, the finale is terrific. Far too good to spoil – even if that means some credit can’t be given where it’s due. Not one but two twists arrive… and quickly!
I've officially been✨influenced✨— nicky (taylor's version) (@damnitglinda) November 12, 2023
what a mind-blowing show that is! magic tricks beautifully interwoven with the plot, surprises at every turn, and a spectacular Kit Young leading you on this magical journey ♥️
3 more weeks to check it out at @CollectiveStage! pic.twitter.com/qUOocY3cmc
It’s a balancing act melding an illusionist show with narrative
The illusion and legerdemain is skilfully executed and Kit Young’s performance is captivating