Reviewer: Katie Mitchell
The Oxford dictionary cites that the word‘Bromance’ is a 21stCentury combination of brother and romance; a close but non-sexual relationship between men. This is exactly what Barely Methodical troupe explores through their live physical theatre/circus spectacular.
Three cheeky chaps grace the stage with more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Recent graduates of National Centre for Circus Arts; Beren D’Amico, Lois Gift and Charlie Wheeller make up the squad, each bringing their own set unique qualities to the performance. This is lively and experimental theatre created by an emerging company who aim to fuse different styles of movement such as breakdancing, circus, contemporary and contortion together to explore topics of relevance.
Brotherhood and masculinity is a huge theme throughout the piece and the company highlights these factors in a light and subtle comedic way as well as through big show-stopping circus tricks which makes the audience gasp with anticipation. The trio have a great energy, technical ability and chemistry between them which bring these factors to light further as they explore the stereotypes of masculinity and do’s and don’ts associated with this in society. This is enhanced through the choreography where the troupe creates thought-provoking images throughout.
Special credit must be given to Wheeler who performs with his Cyr wheel. His technical ability and strength must be commended as he keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with his tricky performance. He pulls it off with such flare and ease that makes his set extremely impressive.
Newly crowned winners of this year’s Total Theatre Awards, Barely Methodical troupe bring a new innovative style of performance to the Fringe. This certainly is a show not to be missed and with a standing ovation this is a new company to watch out for in the future.
Run till 25thAugust