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Morgan & West


For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of guarding their jaws against descent in the presence of these two, all you really ought to know by way of introduction is that in 2011 magical duo Morgan & West fooled leviathans of trickery Penn and Teller, on a television show entitled Fool Us hosted by Jonathan Ross. No small achievement for two twenty-something-year-old men who describe themselves as the “Victorian Ant and Dec” of magic. So for anyone not a member of the Magic Circle, a hugely silly question follows: on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon in London’s perfectly period Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, can they fool you? You betcha, madam.

They seem tired. It is 1.30pm, hardly a performer’s ideal call-time, especially when you consider that time machine or no time machine; the pair are midway through a gruelling UK tour here. As with all performances of this ilk, preparation is key and the audience sees only a fraction of what occurs, so it all feels a little early in the day.

Robert West, the shorter and more slight of the duo, has stunningly graceful and undulating hands which at one point manipulate crystals in a scene any fan of the movie Labyrinth will adore but fluffs a few opening lines as well as quick-paced exchanges (admittedly involving words like “prestidigitators”) and seems convinced he’s performing in the evening. We forgive him immediately. He’s a time-traveller after all.

Rhys Morgan is perhaps the stronger showman in the opening tricks. He raises guffaws from the audience during the Trademark Biscuit Trick, which involves reading the minds of several audience members to ultimately discover their favourite tea-dunker. To say I’ve no idea how it’s done is hardly surprising. The fact that they’re so lovable and entertaining whilst they fool you into a wide-eyed stupor however, is nothing short of delightful.

All props and tools of trickery are kept strictly within the 1880s dateline, thus one is thoroughly and refreshingly immersed in the Victorian age. A favourite with the plentiful younger audience, Balloon Handcuffs of Death begins with some poignant balloon puppetry –- balloons of course having been invented in 1824 — and sees West deal with a child completely ruining his slicked-down hair exceptionally, revealing a glint of a darker side we see only later when he flips a piece of paper with “true” or “false” written on it with impeccable timing.

One trick that sees Morgan swallowing needles is probably as dark as it gets here, and when so many of their peers seem to have gone all life-threatening and bloodthirsty, it makes a gloriously nice change. They have a knack, especially in a sequence currently named The New Trick, of showing you tantalising titbits of how it’s usually done; a deck of cards on a hat, another switched behind, only to divert your attention and suddenly an apple is where it could never have gotten, and the effect is all the more flabbergasting.

Other than one fairly significant and difficult to cover transitional blip in the final trick of the afternoon which involves foam red noses, it is difficult to find fault with their timing or technique. They are more than capable of accounting for the poor timing of many a child or indeed adult whom they invite onstage however, which is truly admirable.

One has the genuine sense that there is something to understand here if only you could pin it down. You are indeed being fooled, and oh, perhaps you should actually be looking at the other one! But it’s gone and of course you didn’t get it, again. And yet, as each trick confounds you further, you can’t help it, you love them a little more.



Luke Daniels


“Intense, poetical and oft dark yet recounted through pleasing melodies. A rich tapestry has been woven into the songs; like a thoughtful unpicking and re-stitching of life’s journey.” R2 Magazine

Described by Songlines as “a future classic” and by Acoustic Magazine as “an enchanting delight” ★★★★ award-winning singer and composer brings his solo show which uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of the performance. Live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band or Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music.

The Polyphon is a disc-playing music box, a mechanical device manufactured in Leipzig, Germany in 1880. Disc projections, called plectra, engage with a series of ratchet-like star wheels, that, when moved through 40 degrees on their axis, pluck 120 teeth on the instruments bed plate and comb, these teeth then resonate, sounding predetermined notes. Upon the musical comb, the fast treble notes are sounded furthest from the centre and the slower base notes nearest the centre. Newly manufactured 19 and 5/8th inch diameter steel discs rotate at 1.4 rpm and perform the first new music written for Polyphon in over a century.

A BBC award winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. Folk Musician in Residence of the Scottish National Museum of Rural Life and tutor on the traditional music course at Royal Conservatoire Scotland in Glasgow. His 2015 album of melodeon music transcribed from early wax cylinders and 78s was described in the Scotsman as “outstanding.” A soloist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks he performed at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His commissioned work for the PRS for Music New Music Biennial in 2014 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London’s Barbican Centre and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Rooms and on Broadway with Riverdance. His musical partnership with the School of Philosophy at Edinburgh University culminated in sell out shows at Celtic Connections Festival on two consecutive years with Songs of the Scottish Enlightenment. He recently sang and played live for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radion 2 folk programme and was described by Mark as a “master melodeon player.”


Cricket Club Race Night


Big Breakfast


New drama group

New drama opportunities in the Peace Memorial Hall!


Thursdays 5-6.15 pm all welcome drama for 5-12 yrs
Also:- Tuesday’s 5-6 pm disability drama for 5-15 yrs


Skittles night

skittles-jan-17-page-001Do come along to try skittles!  Come to play skittles & have a drink or two. There will be a bar – not bring your own. We are hoping to make this a regular, fun event.

Tesco Bags of Help


We are asking you all for your Tesco votes for our play area safety project!  You can vote in the Trowbridge store from 2 to 28 January on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

North Bradley Peace Memorial Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist, our project ‘Safe Children’s Play Area’ will ensure that the longstanding problem of an onsite water-filled ditch can be addressed whilst also generally enhancing the experience for all using the site.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 2 to 28 January on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
Participating Tesco stores:-
TROWBRIDGE EXTRA                 BA14 7AQ






FROME EXPRESS                         BA11 2TU

MELKSHAM EXP                            SN12 6TA


CHIPPENHAM METRO                  SN15 3JP



CALNE EXPRESS                          SN11 9UT


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