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Published September 4th 2019
Would you like to be invited into a magician's private theatre? Promising an amazing night, unlike anything you could imagine, come with us as you are invited inside a real magician home. Tim promises you will see world-class sleight of hand and illusion up close and personal in an interactive, immersive and fun experience.
If bohemian theatre and places that only the in-crowd knows about, tickle your fancy; come with us on a secret Laneway Theatre adventure.
Some of the intriguing settings around The Laneway Theatre. *Image LanewayTheatre Facebook page
Tucked away in a location so secret that the complete address will not be disclosed until after your booking is confirmed, you will find The Laneway Theatre. (We can tell you it is located in Northcote near St Georges Rd).
This is the exact style of theatre I love, something like you may have found half a century ago, perhaps in the back lanes of Paris. All of that lovely olde worlde charm is found in an amazing theatre that has been created with love and at the hand of one man - Tim Ellis.
The Laneway Theatre has beautiful red velvet seats that have been rescued from a local cinema and in an intimate seating of approximately 30 only participants, you can enjoy some upfront, close and personal theatre.
Getting there is half the fun: Arriving down a darkened laneway to a nondescript door, your instructions will guide you to press a secret button, where you will be allowed to enter into the magic that is The Laneway Theatre.
Not for the faint-hearted, the entrance is decidedly unique and after a few squeals (you decide what type) opens into a beautiful intimate theatre experience.
But I won't give away too much of the surprises and what may lie ahead for you, except to say, bring a sense of adventure and play to get the most out of your visit.
Run by Tim Ellis, whom unabashedly announces that the theatre events happen when he feels like performing them. They can occur at a myriad of different times throughout the year.
Extremely reasonably priced, to add to the fun, lovely drinks, sweets and chocolates (also moderately priced) are available. There are also some dinner and show packages which take in dining at nearby restaurants before the show.
On the night of our visit was a magic show and whilst I'm sure many of it was simply sleight of hand, they were done in such an artistic and articulate manner that the entire audience was left wondering over various things and how they could possibly have witnessed what they had just experienced.
As our visit had a very small audience, everybody became involved in the show as the night progressed.
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Have you been to The Laneway Theatre?
Those who have seemed to keep it a tightly guarded secret and once you have attended yourself, you will understand why.
It is like it is such a special experience that nobody wants to give away the secrets and everybody wants the next participant to experience it through their own eyes and share the delight they enjoyed. However, I will give you a little insiders secret - shhh - listen, if you want to play with the magic, get there early (doors open 30 minutes before showtime) and you can play and explore to your heart's content. As there is no allocated seating, you can snaffle up the best seats too.
Take along your friends and I'm sure they will ask "where on earth did you find out about this theatre?"
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