The Udderbelly Festival reigns supreme at Southbank with the purple cow once again marking its territory among the infamous street performers and attractions. Offering a proper festival vibe with pop-up restaurants, cool seating areas and bars, the Udderbelly is a destination in itself. Until this year I have failed miserably in my quest to go and shame on me! If the show ‘Bromance’ is anything to go by, you should stop reading this and milk that cow for all it is worth!
Stepping in to the belly of the beast, the Udderbelly offers an intimate performance space. For ‘Bromance,’ the set was stripped back to nothing but a hoop and a few lights, quite a brave move for a troupe of three.
On stage Beren, Louis & Charlie act as the Russian dolls of blokedom, using their height and physicality to comedic effect. With big, middle and little spoon there are no holes bared in their exploration of Bromance and you’ll come to understand that size does matter, when it comes to origami!
The troupe’s influences are clearly defined throughout the performance; offering up a masterclass in free-running, acrobatic circus, breakdance and cyr wheel. Each performer has grown from a different discipline & woven their talents in to the fabric of this show. The audience is taken through well-crafted scenes from first handshake to bromance rivalry and reconciliation. The guys don’t just rely on physicality alone to tell their story, they’ve stitched together an intelligent sound score that narrates, adds context and depth.
Brave is one word to describe the show, punchy, jaw dropping, awe-inspiring are a few more. The set may be stripped back but the guys of Barely Methodical Troupe don’t hold back. It is a witty, highly entertaining, thoroughly engaging piece of physical theatre. The audience gasped, applauded, heckled and whooped their way through this 60 minute extravaganza. You’d be a fool to miss it!
Review by Stephanie Caiger-Watson
Winner! Total Theatre Award for Best Circus 2014
Winner! Circus Maximus Champions 2013
Bromance – Noun (informal)
1. a close but non-sexual relationship between two men. Early 21st cent.: blend of brother and romance
Frenetic but friendly. Captivating but casual. Audacious but awkward. Prodigal UK circus company Barely Methodical Troupe fuse their inner frats with a dazzling tour-de-force of cutting edge circus prowess and physical theatre mayhem.
Never seen before in Australia, join this multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed company as they walk the line between the pugnacious and the poignant, in this hilarious, bitter-sweet and down-right jaw-dropping celebration of everything blokey – where handshakes become handstands and back slaps become backflips.
Running Time: 1 hour
Age Restrictions: Parental Guidance.
Show Opened: 24th Jun 2015
Booking Until: 19th Jul 2015
Latecomers may not be admitted.
Saturday 27th June 2015