Softly spoken and gentle in manner, Stuart Lightbody leads us into his obsession for the humble pack of playing cards. The theme of his show, Sleepless Dreams is around the pleasant and unpleasant hauntings of the night. With charm and phenomenal dexterity, he explores our dreams and destroys our nightmares.
His boyish good looks are just as deceptive as his sleight-of-hand, so you may be surprised to know that Stuart Lightbody is old enough to have been practicing his craft for 19 years. Over that time, he has successfully toured the Perth Fringe four times and is a multi, award-winning artist worldwide as well as in South Africa and his home, Cape Town.
The performance, directed by Tara Notcutt is wound together with stories and anecdotes from Lightbody’s life, friendships and magical career. It is effortlessly funny and he presents as an endearing and engaging performer.
Sometimes when I see magic, I concentrate as hard as I can to uncover the illusion. But in this case, there was just something about the trustworthy nature of this conjurer that made me surrender to the awe of each impossible reveal.
There is full audience participation and several people are invited up onto the stage, but there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of, you’d feel completely safe in his hands.
If you miss out on Sleepless Dreams, you can catch Lightbody in his other show Devilish which runs until Monday 8th Feb.
2016 Perth Fringe World
Directed by Tara Notcutt
Venue: The Stables | Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 29 January – 8 February 2016