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Handstands, Backflips And A Cyr Wheel In Circus Skills Show
Enjoy all the fun of the circus without a single performing animal in sight. In fact, this is circus with a massive difference with no Big Top, clowns, or ringmaster. But what it does have is an amazing array of circus skills performed by an exceptional group of young, energetic acrobats that are sure to leave audiences thrilled at their speed, agility and dexterity. They all come together in a show entitled Bromance, which has been brought to the live stage by the Barely Methodical Troupe. And they will be delighting people in the Midlands when they perform Bromance at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Friday 11 February.

Bromance in action

Bromance is, in fact, the debut show from Barely Methodical, an experimental acrobatic circus company who have been described as Britain's hottest young acrobats. Bromance actually opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 and has since gone on to tour both in the UK and internationally. The success of the high-energy and fast-moving show has resulted in Bromance winning both the Circus Maximus Award and the 2014 Total Theatre and Jackson's Lane Award for Circus following its acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Festival. Bromance is produced by DREAM and developed with support from Underbelly Productions and the National Centre for Circus Arts as winners of the Circus Maximus competition.

Cyr wheel, Cirque du Soleil
Cyr wheel used during a Cirque du Soleil show in 2012. By Nevit Dilmen, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Relationships and male companionship are said to be at the heart of Bromance, where handshakes become handstands and backslaps turn into backflips in front of the audience. It has been variously described as audacious, touching, and exhilarating and also comes with a great soundtrack. Barely Methodical employ a variety of acrobatic skills during their live shows, which also involve personal chemistry and humour. The exceptional skills on offer include parkour - a discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training; B-boying, which is also called breakdancing; hand-to-hand acrobatics; and the impressive Cyr wheel - an acrobatic apparatus that consists of a single large metal ring with a diameter several inches taller than the performer who stands inside it.

Lichfield Garrick
The circus is coming to town at Lichfield Garrick

The Barely Methodical Troupe consists of Beren D'Amico, Louis Gift and Charlie Wheeller, with Eddie Kay as Director and Di Robson as Producer. Underbelly, meanwhile, is a UK-based live entertainment company founded in 2000 that runs several festivals and events across the country. Through Underbelly Productions, the company also produces and promotes live shows for UK and international touring. Bromance will be performed at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Friday 11 February at 7.30pm. Tickets priced 15 or 12 for students can be obtained online or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Circus Skills Like You've Never Seen Before
When: 11 February 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: 15 or 12 students
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