★★★★★ 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.

Tickets available to book at CollectiveTheatre.co.uk 

Cast

Creative Team

Director

James Hillier

Stockroom Writers

Chris York, Georgia Crowther, Maheni Arthur

Designer

Natalie Pryce

Magic Consultant

Scott Penrose

Lighting Design

Tim Mascall

Sound Design & Composition

Simon Slater

AV Design

Will Monks

Assistant Director

Dylan Verley

Casting

Annie Rowe CDG

Production Manager & CSM

Jack Opie

Deputy Stage Manager

Fae Hochgemuth

Assistant Stage Manager

Ellen Schofield

Photography

Hana Kovacs

Assistant Stage Manager

Caitlin Ince

Stage Manager

Ryan Lane

★★★★★
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.

London Theatre 1

Offies Nomination: Kit Young for Solo Performance

Offies

★★★★
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.

A Youngish Perspective

★★★★
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

Whats On Stage

Theatrical magic show cleverly fogs the boundary between performance and reality

The Stage

Influence engrosses and entertains through the acting of its star: Kit Young

London Unattached

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!

Once A Week Theatre

It’s a balancing act melding an illusionist show with narrative

Fringe Review

The illusion and legerdemain is skilfully executed and Kit Young’s performance is captivating

British Theatre Guide

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