Acclaimed illusionist Philipp Oberlohr is returning to London with his immersive mind-reading experience Das Spiel: Are You Part of the Game, as part of this year’s VAULT Festival line-up at London’s Leake Street tunnels in Waterloo.
This follows a sold-out week-long run at Ovalhouse Theatre last May, where the production received critical acclaim and strong venue feedback. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord said of the piece: “Das Spiel is a jaw-droppingly enchanting show that managed to convince me that magic is real. Oberlohr’s brilliant mentalism has the audience mesmerized as he achieves the impossible again and again.”
Written and performed by Austrian theatre-maker, performer and illusionist Philipp Oberlohr, Das Spiel: Are You Part of the Game? has been developed with support from The Yard and Ovalhouse theatres, and a team of emerging artists and producers: director Margot Newkirk Grambow (The Barbican, Hofesh Shechter Company), Sarah Scharf, and James Blakey (Oscar Mike Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre), dramaturg Eve Leigh (Finborough Theatre, Birmingham Rep, currently under commission for the RSC), and producers Cristina Catalina (Romanian Cultural Institute, All Change Festival at Theatre 503 and the Lyric Hammersmith) and Miguel Romo.
“The show is inspired by ‘The Magus’ by John Fowles. Eight years ago I read this fantastic novel and related to the protagonist as the reality that was created around him kept changing and transforming. This theme kept coming up in one of my previous shows and inspired me to create an experience like this for an audience in a live setting.” Philipp Oberlohr
About the show:
‘Das Spiel’ sits at the cross-over between magic and theatre. It plays with what people perceive as the truth and what they see as illusion. The piece is engineered to create a shared experience for all present, by gently delving into their memories in order to recreate them. It feels personal at the same time as mind-blowing through its mind-reading nature. Philipp is full of charm and humour, and knows how to draw in even the most skeptical or shy amongst audience members. Mentalism has been made very popular by magicians such as Derren Brown, and Philipp has developed a theatrical form that engages with elements of illusion whilst also focusing on narrative, humour, and authenticity.
Das Spiel Trailer 2016
Das Spiel: Are You Part of the Game?
VAULT FESTIVAL 2016, The Cage
Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th February 2016, 7.15pm
Matinee on Sun 14th Feb, 4.30pm
£12, 2-4-1 on Wed 10th Feb
Duration: 1 hour
Waterloo, SE1 7NN