Thursday, 4 June 2015
Entertainment review: James Freedman: Man of Steal
The show culminates in one audience member losing "the most valuable thing possible" and Freedman asks the audience not to reveal what this is, but if you've heard anything about the fast-growing crimes of recent years you should be able to hazard a good guess what gets stolen.
With the help of various "volunteers" (they don't get much choice in the matter) from all around the audience (for once I avoided getting called up on stage) Freedman demonstrates some of the classic pickpocketing techniques, and the ways they've been adapted over the years. As anyone who noticed that Chip & PIN made fraud the victim's responsibility rather than the bank's will have noticed, technological advances have for the most part made credit card fraud easier, not harder.
These demonstrations are staged by director Edward Hilsum is a way that's reminiscent of a magician's act, so it's easy to feel like that's what you're watching, rather than a display of something that can and does happen on the streets daily. More frightening is the big finale, and if nothing else I left glad that I shield my PIN so carefully I have to find the numbers on the pad by feel.
James Freedman: Man of Steal is booking until the 4th of July at Trafalgar Studio 1.
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes.