A short performance on headphones, for 1 spectator at a time
Inside a working seaside café, surrounded by unsuspecting customers, you are invited to sit at a table and watch a 10-minute performance. In front of your very eyes, playing cards transform inexplicably and sugar cubes vanish without a trace. But as you listen to the performer's voice and the sounds of the café on headphones, the line between reality and fiction becomes increasingly thin: is this a real café, or a film set filled with actors? What is really happening now, and what is simulated and pre-recorded?
Combining expert sleight-of-hand magic with the dreamlike nature of cinema, Close-up invites you to briefly reimagine everyday life as an uncanny illusion.
Close-up is written & performed by Vincent Gambini
Sound design by Yas Clarke
Producer Steve Goatman
Supported by Farnham Maltings' New Popular, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and the University of Sussex.