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"A bewildering display of artifice focusing on the thin line between laughter and grief"

- The Wee Review

"The performances of their work stretched the boundaries and gave our audience an amazing new theatrical experience."

- Debbie Thompson 

Sheringham Little Theatre

An immersive comedy about the end of life

The great magician, Philip Winterbottom, cordially requests your presence for his final act. Sadly, he’s dead. So...he won’t be there. but, he’s left his son and his assistant very clear instructions for his memorial. Join Philip’s family and friends for one final disappearing act.

Incorporating magic, music and physical comedy, A DISAPPEARING ACT is an interactive, immersive show where the audience takes part as mourners attending a memorial service for a deceased magician. A comedy about how we want to be remembered and what we hope people will forget, A DISAPPEARING ACT explores our mortality, the rituals we use to accept it, say goodbye and remember the ones we love.


Praised for its unique style, this witty and inventive piece of original theatre has been enjoyed by audiences across the UK and the US.

A DISAPPEARING ACT was developed in partnership with The Nursery Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Sheringham Little Theatre, Dugdale Centre, Pulse Festival with the support of British Council, greenhouse seed funding and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 

A DISAPPEARING ACT is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Running time: 65 minutes, no interval

Age guidance: +10


Creators & Performers - Filipa Tomas & Bradley Wayne Smith

Dramaturge - Katharine Markwick

Illusion Consultant - Christopher Howell

Collaborators: Jon Ferguson, Alex Swift

Lighting Designer - Alex Fernandes

Costume Designer - Annette Malone

Carpentry - Andrew Friend

Research consultant - Prof. Tony Walter

Co-Producer - Darren Walter

A Big thank you to Peter Flewitt, Dave Randall and Chris Sly

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