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Posted by Derren Brown March 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Ipswich brought great audiences. A little slow to warm up on the first day, Thursday, they were lively and forthcoming soon enough, and the auditorium has a fresh and bright sound from the stage. The shows felt good. We were staying in the excellent Salthouse Harbour Hotel, and looked after by a hugely friendly staff. Rather nicely, there were only ten or so people at the stage door each night, all pleasant and unassuming, which meant charming, relaxed hellos and time to chat.

Southend’s first night was fine but did not feel great to me. After a couple of loud houses, The Cliffs Pavilion’s auditorium stretches far back, away from the stage, and the balcony sits at its furthest reaches. It means that from the stage, you only hear the front half of the audience. On top of that, the Sunday night crowd was typical of those from that day: tired from an afternoon’s sloth or activities, aware of work in the morning, a little unresponsive. There is a classic pattern, known to actors and entertainers, of a rising enthusiasm from the house as the week moves on, generally peaking on Friday with a lively and attentive audience. Saturdays can be boisterous, but are also slacker than the Friday, and made up of larger, less attentive groups. Sundays generally are a little quiet, unless there is a Bank Holiday the next day (which will in itself tend to offer another tired and unengaged crowd).

The show was good enough, but I was surprised by the relatively quiet audience and unfulfilling feedback due to the ungenerous architecture, and the strange energy loop  that exists between the audience and me on a good night did not make itself known. Pushing to reach the seemingly silent reaches of the auditorium, my voice was also rather cracked.

The second night – yesterday – was much better. The crowd was lively and responsive, and I had got used to the unhelpful acoustics of the room. My voice was stronger and the audience were once again part of the dynamic of the show. We were also joined by our lovely friend Stephen Long who has worked on previous tours, and who has come out to help out for a couple of nights. It was rather fun to see him carrying things on and off stage: such little changes help keep the show feeling fun and alive for me.

Southend proves to be a pleasant place to sit and read overlooking the sea: I am hugely enjoying Simon Callow’s Being An Actor and a break from the laptop. I have not been Twittering or blogging recently either: the former has started to feel a tad exhausting and joyless of late, so I shall for the moment at least give it a little break.

It’s blustery and wet today, and I think the sea looks its best when it’s grey and bleak. Some poor girl in a flapping anorak is running, enervated, along the sea-front through the miserable weather, and a lady is having a dispiriting sandwich from a plastic lunch box on a bench under a beach shelter. All, in a grim, glum way, is right with the world.

March 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Mark says:

Not long till Edinburgh now… Not that I’ll be there (I now despise you Derren OJ OJ) Ha. I’m sneaking in the back door.

March 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Kai says:

I very much wanted to come and say hello after seeing you in Ipswich, but I’m awful at talking to people so I didn’t. I hope by the time you come back I’ve learnt to not be quite so socially challenged!

You were wonderful and, in a strange way, also very inspiring. Some of the things you said have given me a little push- thank you.

March 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm

As usual a wonderfully insightful look into your thoughts on Enigma etc. But oh Derren, how low & down you sound. Perhaps not intentionally, but you do seem incredibly sad in your post here. I hope things are otherwise ok?

As a tweeter myself (although, I myself, don’t do it so much now) I’m really sorry to hear you finding it ‘exhausting & joyless’ at the mo. Obviously if it holds no pleasure for you in posting messages on there, then don’t do it, of course. I hope, as you say, that this is indeed a temporary break from Twitter and you’re back on there soon.

And your last paragraph is exactly how I feel…I was sitting on Worthing seafront the other day, grey skies, sea lashing the shore & I loved it! 🙂

Take care & keep happy….

LC x

March 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Emily says:

Don’t leave it too long… we miss your tweets! =( x

March 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Surzy says:

What a sad sounding blog post 🙁

I hope you are ok and are looking after yourself. It’s hard being away from home so much – I have spent much of the last 5 years living out of suitcases so can sympathise completely.

I hope you have a good time in Scotland

Sarah x

March 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Diane brown says:

I do hope you are ok and taking good care of yourself……. Will miss your tweets but it’s important you do what’s right for you. Hope to see you back tweeting soon x see you in Edinburgh xxxx Diane xxxx

March 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm
lisa g says:

Really disappointed to hear about your feelings on Sunday. Myself and my girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed the show and the general feeling around us was positive. I guess what your saying about it being a Sunday would make sense, and I also don’t know how your other audiences have been but I can safely say I had a great night! Also was great to meet you after!

March 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm
DeanR says:

I was at Monday nights show, the first time I’ve been to see you live and left there in amazement.
A masterpiece of a show, and the finale made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
Pure genius throughout, I can’t wait for your new book and will be sure to come and see a live show on the next tour. Thank you for a wonderful mind blowing experience.

March 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm
Emily says:

Your shows would still be abnormally amazing even if you were dressed as a banana and carrying a frying pan.
You guys are awesome.

March 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm
Dmaco says:

Derren, Ipswich was amazing on Saturday night! Thank you so much for having my up on stage, was something i will never ever forget! and thank you for being so lovely at the stage door and signing my book,even though you were a cheeky monkey lol!

If you havent been twittering lately, does that mean the tweet you sent me wasnt actually from you??? 🙁 i hope it was

I just wanna give you a big hug again, you sound so tired and worn out!

Chin up 🙂 xxxxxxxx

March 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm
Hannah says:

Ah glad to know our audience last night were the best out of the Southend slog of the tour. I had such a fantastic time, and really enjoyed the show! Fantastic meeting you after the show, thank you for signing my copy of Portraits, makes it all the more special to have! 🙂

March 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Kirsty says:

Things are always right with the world when you’re running 🙂

March 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm
Madmark99 says:

I`m not one for reading Blogs usually, but i found this one excellent. Very interesting learning about the acoustics and dynamics of the theatres for you on stage, never thought of it before.
Wish i could have come to the Ipswich show, ah well next time.

March 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm
Nathaniel says:

It is always lovely to hear that you are doing well, Derren. I completely agree that the sea looks best in typical English weather – maybe it’s just English seasides that look best like that?

I am greatly looking foward to seeing Enigma on saturday 10th April, it is a 60 mile journey from Essex to Milton Keynes that is completely worth every second of travel. My fiance and I both adore (and fancy the pants off of) you and so are likely to be lurking creepily at the stage door afterwards, I’m sure that the show shall go incredibly well – and all shows before that.

March 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Hi Derren,

Sorry to hear you thought the show did not go so well on Sunday in Southend! Everyone I talked to afterwards loved it especially ME! Sorry if the audience applauding did not sound loud…but i was definitly clapping as lowd as i couuld! 🙂 You are a legend and me and all my friends will definitly come to your next tour! Hope you are ok…you a legend!

Hope you get to read this! 😀


p.s thanks for the autograugh!


March 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm
JamesG says:

After being a huge fan of yours for a fair few years now, came to see your show on Saturday in Ipswich. It was the first time I have managed to come and see you live due to university commitments previously.
Needless to say both my partner and I were blown away by the interval, but my involvement with the finale just left me standing and wondering HOW HOW HOW?!!

Very very good show Derren, wish I could have got you to sign the programme afterwards, but I shall wait until your next show for that opportunity!

Anybody who hasnt yet seen this show and hasnt got a ticket, make sure you grab them at the soonest opportunity at a venue that has a few spaces left, you wont be disappointed!!


March 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm
Alex ® says:

Thank you for a brilliant show on monday it was awesome 😀 still trying to think how it was done but have no idea!! thanks for signing my programme 😀 and will defo go and see you again next time.
enjoy the rest of your tour!
oh and excellent stewie impression you did on stage lol

March 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm
Peter says:

Grey and bleak. All in a grim glum way …

YEAH !!! (male outburst), fist in the air).

March 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Christopher Robinson says:

Sometimes you need more time off (and less busy times off at that) so I’m completely happy with you taking a break from Twitting. Your work doesn’t just require creativity, research, writing, etc., but also public *performance* — and for that you really need to be in a right frame of mind and the right amount of energy.

So please don’t be apologetic about taking a break. Everyone benefits when you are performing well, and that’s what counts on a tour.

best wishes,

March 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm
Gaz says:

O DON’T do that! I’m in Westcliff and I completely missed the info about your being at the Cliffs and I am now completely and totally otherwise occupied this evening :(( Rats arses 🙁

March 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm
Gaz says:

So maybe you could drop me an email to cheer me up instead? 🙂

March 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Having been to the last 2 tours when you visited Southend, I was upset to have not been able to attend this show. As I have been fortunate enough to be in thefront 2-3 rows for each show, I was blisfully unaware of any accoustic issues or lack of vibe. I hope this does not deter you in future!

March 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm
roz says:

derren! now, see how much better it works when ya LET it out instead of PUSHING it out? luv ya, guy. keep on conjurin!

the serenity of deep musing alongside the eternally moody sea sounds wunnerful. glad yer able to indulge.



March 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm
Eleanor says:

This has nothing to do with the post, but I just noticed the little smiley face at the bottom off the page on the left and it amused me 🙂 mas

March 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm
Helen says:

I was there on Thursday night and one of the few outside the stage door! Very pleased with my piccie and autograph! Awesome show, Im still thinking about it!

March 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm
Dawn says:

Hi Derren,

I would have been one of the lively crowd for Thursday evenings show in Ipswich, had a great view from just 6 rows back, was watching intently to try & work out how you did some of the things you did but am still none the wiser & I know Fridays show was different as someone I know went to that & thought it was great, as did I! Unfortunately it meant it threw my plants in the audience theory out the window!!!
Keep up the good work.

Dawn xx

p.s loving what enigma means…you know what I’m saying!! 🙂

March 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm
alan f says:

of cause he sounds down ,poor mans been in Ipswich,come back to Norwich so much more uplifting!!

March 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm
Stacey says:

Sorry you thought sunday was so unresponsive…. I know you found it hard to hear because of the layout of the theatre, I was sitting in row G and you must believe me when I say that everyone was buzzing after the show and it was truely excellent. Its a huge shame you couldn’t hear everyone because I know the audience thoroughly enjoyed it!

I’m kinda sad to know we were a rubbish audience :’-(


March 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm
Kat says:

Derren, you were amazing at Ipswich on Saturday night, I thoroughly enjoyed myself please come back again!! X

March 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Susi says:

I don’t think this post sounded sad, maybe a bit weary though!

Looking forward to seeing you for the first time on Friday. It was my Christmas present so it has been highly anticipated for months! With any luck the weather might even shine for us… then again… it is Scotland. 😉

March 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Jason says:

I was at the Southend show on Sunday, and although I agree with your comments on a Sunday crowd being a little quiet, I can promise you that my wife and I had a brilliant time. I was amazed by some of the show, it was brilliant. You are a truly amazing showman.

March 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm
tigger says:

you will get a louder &better repsponce when you come to liverpool in may so keep your chin up till then

March 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm
Nicky says:

My second experience of the Enigma tour last night (Monday at Cliffs Pavillion in Southend) and again I left feeling absolutely amazed – and slightly freaked out! – by the whole thing. Your performances are perfectly pitched and delivery appears effortless; I can only imagine how much work you put into each show to make it appear thus and thank you for it.

I introduced my parents to your live show this time round and think I can safely say they were suitably gobsmacked. Take pride in the fact that my normally complacent Dad didn’t stop exclaiming about your performance all the the way home and my Mum’s jaw is still dragging on the floor 😉 Travel safe x

March 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm
Alan Howes says:

Went to Saturday’s show in Ipswich and loved it. Couldn’t stop to meet you as my friend had to get back to Bury St Edmunds.

March 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm
steve richmond says:

Had the great pleasure to see your show in ipswich on Saturday, you put on an amazing show and my wife has now finally forgiven me for booking the tickets from the delivery suite whilst she was in labour………well you have to get your priorities right, I love my son very much but we also love your show and quite frankly you were there first 🙂

March 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm
Dawn Lewis says:

Hello Derren,
I was at the Monday night Southend show. Amazing performance! I’ve seen all of your tour shows and they get better and better! The ending of this show is one of my favourites, along with the newspaper ending a couple of times ago.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

March 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm
charlie says:

hi derren, i was at southend on sunday and loved the show, i’m 14 and was sat in rown n. it was very possibly the best night of my life, i think you amazing and hope to be at the next tour, and would love to meet you one day.

thanks charlie 🙂

March 30, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Tom Heaney says:

My wife and I (and our two ‘drains on our resources’) travelled to your show at Ipswich on Saturday and thought it was great. We always watch your shows on TV etc but to see you ‘live’ was something else…quite the showman! An hour after the show, we were back home again but still talking about it…that was the longest the kids had spoken to us for quite a while!

All the best with the remainder of your tour, and I look forward to seeing you again.

Many thanks,


March 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm
Charlie says:

hi derren, i was at your show on sunday and i thought it was brilliant, very possibly the best night of my life. i’m 14 years old and was sat in rown n, i loved every minute of it. derren i think you are amazing and hope to be at your next tour and would one day love too meet you.

thanks charlie

March 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm
Cherry says:

Look after yourself, lovely. Try not to put so much pressure on yourself. You’re a brilliant performer and that’s why people keep coming back for more. 🙂 Take care Mr. xx

March 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm
ella says:

Hi Derren,
I thought it was a lovely description of the seaside. There’s a difference between sad and bleak so I’m not sure why people are asking you if you’re ok. It’s normal to feel sort of grey-coloured sometimes don’t you think?
You ought to come to Melbourne. The sea is beautiful here, not at all the stereotype of an Australian beach but messier and windier and foam covered. Also my family is crazy about you! My dad does an amazing impression of that Welsh guy whose brain you made hurt, it’s so funny.
OK, lots of love and luck,

March 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Jimmy says:

Interesting how the audience change through the week Derren. But makes sense the Friday crowd being more up for it and the Sunday crowd having one eye on work on Monday. Looking forward to Friday in Edinburgh mate. sure we will all be in great form.

See you Friday

March 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Rhian says:

Derren Derren Derren worry not. I’m sure everyone loved all the shows. I shall try and be very noisy from the front in Cardiff…. might even jab my sister in the ribs now and again and make sure she is noisy too 😉 Not quite sure if you can make much noise with jaw touching knees though?

March 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm
Berber Anna says:

I agree Susi, it doesn’t sound really down… Bleak views, for me, will cheer me up far more than the usual busy hustle and bustle of humanity around me. Looking at a stormy sea, a giant moon in an inky night’s sky, or that weird yellowish color that the world turns right before a storm on a warm day… that makes the world feel comfortable, beautiful, somewhere I want to be. Something my art teacher used to call ‘the sublime’. Something that makes me wish I could draw better.

Point? Oh, ehm, point. My point, I guess, was that I get the sentiment, and that it isn’t necessarily a bad or sad one.

March 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm
matthew wilkinson says:

hi derren carnt wait till saterday to come and see you for the first time at bradford i hope i can get my book signed by u and a pic to show all my mate..

i think your ace at what you do on the shows i have seen i hope it is as good at the show on saterday
please please give us a shout out if you can matthew wilkinson


March 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Robert says:

@#*$ it!
I’ve bought the tickets last november, and I got cancelled on by a so called friend…
Wanted to be in Ipswitch to see the show!

Derren, will you be doing a show in The Netherlands? I sure hope so!

March 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Beth says:

Hi Derren!
I was there on Sunday night, and my Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed the show! We were sitting far up on the balcony but heard you fine. Sorry you thought it wasn’t a responsive audience – me and Dad were cheering loudly and gave a standing ovation! You deserved it in every way possible! 🙂 The show was truly amazing! I’m still trying to get my head around how you did it!
Thanks for a great night, and I hope you feel more cheery soon!

March 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm
Sarah B says:

Hi Derren, looks like you’ve been suffused with the inherent melancholy of the English Seaside…I’m sure it will wear off. Please don’t take too long a break from Twitter – your tweets are head and shoulders above everyone (even the sainted Stephen F!) – they are intelligent, witty and insightful – we will all miss you if you stop…

March 31, 2010 at 12:21 am
Amy Wilson says:

Hope you like Southend. My school is just up the road from the Cliffs Pavillion – would’ve came down to say hello if I knew you were sitting on the cliffs! Just home from your final show in Southend. By far the best I’ve ever seen 🙂 xxxx

March 31, 2010 at 12:30 am
Neil says:

Excellent show in Southend tonight. Was hoping to get to meet you but couldn’t have it all. Show itself was great though and you were as funny as ever!

March 31, 2010 at 1:38 am
Elizabeth says:

I was part of the quiet Sunday crowd (in the front row). Sorry about that. We all loved and appreciated the show even if that wasn’t quite reflected back in volume format. One thing I cannot quite get over is having shaken my head when asked to come up on stage. Guilt and regret. I feel I embarrassed myself, even though I know I would have felt worse had I actually done it. Stupid fears and shyness. I loved the show though, very much, and had I had any money I would have gone again the next two nights.

March 31, 2010 at 3:41 am
Ross Coshell says:

Derren, I was at the first night in Ipswich, and you’re dead right, it was a little slow 🙂 but I still enjoyed it with my girlfriend. I admit the show last year in Norwich was a little better! I wish I could take part in one of your future Trick Of The Mind shows as they are generally more fun and dynamic. Just keep the excitment going. Welldone! Better get back to my nightshift and look forward to the next 6 off. Happy Easter.

March 31, 2010 at 5:34 am
Scott says:

Oh how I am kicking myself, wishing I was back in the UK to see your show. Ipswich is local to me, so it would have been great to have been in the UK to see the show.

I still urge you to bring everyone to Phuket, Thailand. I am sure your staff would appreciate the trip!

Also I can give you a discount on the villas I rent out (click on my name for link)


March 31, 2010 at 6:57 am
Mark says:

Attended the show last night, loved it. We took a friend who was a bit of a skeptic, even by the interval, but come the end was a fully fledged signed up and apid member of the Cult of Derren (COD).

After the shwo I was delighred to meet you and glad I make your day by letting you take a picture of me, here it is, I’m guessing you’d want it for your collectiom..

March 31, 2010 at 9:13 am
Helen says:

Fantastic show last night Derren! Me and my husband treated ourselves to come and see your show for our anniversary as we both love all your programmes we have seen on TV, and spend hours baffled over how you did it before giving up and deciding that you are the einstein of our age and we will never work it out! Seeing you live was even more spectactular and we will definately come to your next tour! You have a brilliant sense of humour and your shows would not be half as good without it! Not only are you an amazing magician of the mind but a brilliant showman! Look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

March 31, 2010 at 9:49 am
Julie says:

I was at Monday’s show in Southend, it was fantastic, I’m sure everyone on Sunday enjoyed it just as much, as you never disappoint with any of your shows. It’s a shame the weather was so bad as the seaview is lovely when the sun is shining. Thanks for wishing me a Happy Birthday after the show. Please, please carry on coming to visit Southend in the future.

March 31, 2010 at 10:05 am
Susie Copsey says:

Hi Derren

My husband and I were at the Southend show last night and thought you were absolutely fantastic. Weve always been massive fans but this was the first live show we went to see and we were not disappointed, it was amazing!. Meeting you afterwards and you signing our programme was great but shaking my husbands hand was the icing on the cake, we were like excited little 5 year olds in the car on the way home. Always nice to meet someone you highly respect and not be disappointed – in the words of Harry Enfields Tim Nice but Dim “thoroughly nice bloke”! thanks again.

Susie and Wayne

March 31, 2010 at 10:08 am
Hannah says:

Heyyy derrren…glad u had good time in ipswich!! loved every minute of urt show…now trying to come and see you again =] also i really wanna meet u..sound strang eh!….do you usually see people before or after the show it just ive seen that u do this =] please reply =] ..keep smiling !

March 31, 2010 at 10:30 am
Elizabeth says:

* more regret – should have been shook, not shaken.

March 31, 2010 at 11:54 am
JillyJ says:

Hi Derren,
Saw your show last night in Southend. I was totally blown away by it. I thought you were amazing. This is the first time I had seen you live but it won’t be the last as I just love watching you! It was really good to meet you after the show. You are truly a lovely guy and so talented. Look forward to seeing you again soon. 🙂 xx

March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am
Louise Scott says:

Hi Derren,

My mum and I came to your Southend show last night (30/3), and it was absolutely brilliant. We will definately be coming to see you on the next tour.

Louise and Lorraine

March 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Amy Rudd says:

I came to the show last night, having never ever seen you on TV or anything, but my friend took me along anyway. This meant I had no expectation whatsoever, and therefore I was very very impressed, had a great evening, can’t stop thinking about it… and still cannot believe what happened to me – ending up on stage, ***SPOILER REMOVED***, I was a skeptic of stuff like this, but I’ve been won over after the wierdest experience of my life! Oh and I slept better last night than I have in months

March 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Tony says:

We were at the Sunday show in Southend, in the balcony. It certainly sounded like everyone around us had a fantastic evening, as did we. I was the person who threw the frisby to the girl who went on-stage to ***SPOILER REMOVED*** (it originally landed behind me!). Made it a little more special being involved (even in such a small way) without having to go onstage myself!! Absolutely brilliant show; what a talented, entertaining (and very funny) man Derren is.

March 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm
Chris C says:

Another amazing show last night Derren! was even better to be part of it this time to!

Already looking forwards to the next tour!


March 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Katherine says:

Hi Derren,

Saw your show Sunday night at the cliffs and once again you were amazing. Cant wait for your next show.


March 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Will + Grace says:

Hey Derren

Thanks for a great show on Sunday night at the Cliffs,
A true gentleman and an amazing showman.
You’ll still remember me and my sister now..Will and Grace lol
See you on your next tour x

March 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Kayla says:

Hey Derren,
I hope that you are well, and soon to be tweeting again soon 🙂
Still cannot get over the show, I came to see you in Southampton, the show was fantastic!
Hope that everyone elsewhere is treating you well and that you are having a good time.
You seem a little down in the blog post, hope things brighten up for you soon and the rain stops falling 😀

Much love and hugs, Kayla x

March 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Hi Derren,

Saw you on sunday night at the cliffs and both me and my girlfriend thought you were amazing! It may have been the size of the theatre or whatever but trust me, we and everybody around us thought you were fantastic! Such a shame as my friend is your cousin hayley and if i’d got a ticket for last night instead then maybe i could have met you! Maybe next time as I will definitely be seeing you again!!


March 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm
Thistooshallpass says:

Thanks for posting so ‘honestly’ Derren.

The audience in the interval on Sunday night was absolutely buzzing but I guess you never heard anyone’s reaction backstage which is a real shame. The show was amazing…thank you…. but I had a good old ‘moan’ at work on Monday (I work for the council) because your lovely name wasn’t on the fascia board outside…sounds silly but I get such a ‘rush’ when I see it all lit up. Good luck with the rest of the tour
Sue X

March 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm
littlel says:

Fantastic show in Ipswich on Friday night. My husband went along reluctantly, but was totally converted by the end of the show. Amazing – can’t wait to see you again.

March 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm
Helen says:

Fab Derren at Ipswich on friday – you very clever. Any chance of you doing teenagers birthday parties, would nicely solve my dilemma of how to keep my 12 yr old daughter and gang occupied on her b’day!!!! Hope to see you again soon, think you’re great , Helx

ps any chance of you coming to chichester festival theatre next tour???

March 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm
Sarah says:

Saw Derren on Friday 26 March 2010 at Ipswich Regent……… He was awesome, such a great show… how he does some of the things he does I will never understand… just amazing! Even the Family Guy impersonations! Brilliant! We were lucky enough to be in the front row but we were late!! It was soooooooooo embarrassing running down to our seats just a Derren walked on stage!! Didn’t go amissed!! Opps! My brotherGrahame was picked on straight away… mum went up to the stage and I was lucky enough to hold an envelope for 2 hours! Definitely one of the best shows I have ever seen! Can’t wait till the next one!!

March 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm
Gemma Robinson says:

I was at the show in Southend last night and you blew me away! I was shocked and amazed by the events and i hope we gave you a more energetic evening than the previous 2 nights. Although the weather was a bit miserable yesterday i hope you enjoyed your time in Southend. I look forward to your next visit to ‘sunny’ Southend and i hope the rest of the tour goes well.

March 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Claire Addison says:

Hi Darren, First time we have seeen you live (Tuesday Night) and where bought tickets as a prezzie for xmas, well what can i say, was not to sure of what to expect, but i was spellbound, and thanks for bringing back great memories of my nan VIOLET. Will tresure the coin forever. Claire x

March 31, 2010 at 7:39 pm
Amanda says:

Hi Derren,

Sorry you didn’t find Sunday at the Cliff’s great. This was the first show we had managed to get tickets for, and we will definatley be looking out for your next tour. We thought it was fantastic. I raved about it at work the next day (I wouldn’t tell anyone any details though). From what I could tell, everyone around us was loving it just as much.

It was worth the wait in the rain to meet you and get Scott’s book signed and the tour flyer. If you didn’t manage to get one for your wall, I found a spare you can have.

Hopefully see you soon,
Amanda x

March 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Came to see you on Friday 26th March, Ipswich, seen you a lot on TV but the live show was unbelievably spectacular! Beforehand we decided to wear dark clothing so you couldn’t see us (which we later realised was ridiculous as we were in the second row with no-one in front of us). We were so impressed by the show that we decided to come and meet you afterwards. My mum didn’t want to saying; “I’m too old to hang around for celebrities” but when you came out she was the first one out of our group to ask you to sign her ticket and programme, even barging past us to greet you! Apologies for any fright incurred.
Thankyou for being so lovely, we’ll definitely be coming to another show. I don’t have any say in the matter anymore because my mother is slightly (definitely) starstruck. xxxxx

March 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm
Barry Edwards says:

I was at the Sunday night “Cliffs” show and was one of the fellows called up on stage for the finale – a great experiance which I found very thought provoking being rather sceptical .
During the finale I ***SPOILER REMOVED***.
Your description of a tired and jaded Sunday night audience was perfect for me having been to a long wedding that weekend and following a lovely cod & chips and a bottle of plonk in the Chip Shop/ resturant next door to the Cliffs .
Hope you were not put off by the audience response on Sunday , as my wife I left the thearte we only heard very positive comments from the crowd.
Best Regards Barry

March 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm
kaz says:

Hi,It sounds you’ve got the menopose or SAD (seasonal affected disorder) etc….
Come on cheer up Derren,
I do hope you have enough energy left to come up to Edinburgh for the show tomorrow!!

All the best,

With lots of love; Kaz

March 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm
Berber Anna says:

Kaz, whut? Men don’t have menses to pause, you know…

March 31, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Looking forward to seeing you, for the first time, in Edinburgh on April 1st… I live around the corner from the Playhouse…..

April 2, 2010 at 9:12 am
Hannah says:

heyy derren booked tickets to see u in london!! be my third time this year!!…been hoping to catch u before or after show! could u see people before show ther pleasee it just coming from ipswich so cant stay to long after the show..would really like to meet you!!!

April 5, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Jess says:

So sorry to hear that you were not feeling the croud on Sunday night at Southend. I was there and was in absalute awe. I am now reading your book, Tricks of the Mind. Simply incredible! xx

April 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Kerri Wood says:

Derren, hubby and I were at the Saturday show in Ipswich in the 6th row and it was an absolutely amazing evening….couldnt believe how much you packed in to the show and there was never a dull moment. You are a clever clever gifted man!!!! We have been fans for a long time but this was our first live show but defo not our last…….I was not star struck as i would usually be when seeing a celeb in the flesh but think its because it felt like visiting an old friend. kicking myself that we didnt come to the stage door now i know there were only a few there….think everyone must have thought the same and had the impression that we wouldnt stand a chance of a glimpse of you let alone a chat. will be there with bells on next time cos one day I MUST shake you by the hand…lovin your work! xx

April 27, 2010 at 11:55 am


Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at our hotel and that my staff met your expectations.
Next time you are in the Ipswich area please feel free to join us again.

Wish you all the best for the rest of your tour.


Lynn xx