Experience a new wave of circus performance at the Lowry with the dramatic acrobatics of Barely Methodical Troupe. Their new production, Kin, is a dizzying mix of circus choreography, parkour and b-boy clowning, as performers are put through tests in front of a clipboard-brandishing judge. Alongside the jostling and tumbling of the main performance, there’s a neat thread of comedy throughout: watch for the desperate flexing as dancers pose as Greek gods, or the comedic writhing to Prince’s Purple Rain. The troupe has doubled in size since their award-winning debut show Bromance, and Kin looks beyond blokiness to explore the uncomfortable dynamics of wider group relationships. As the rough and tumble develops, their moves become comments on how people support each other when all they really want is individual attention – it’s little surprise that Barely Methodical include Lord Of The Flies as an influence. Kin, directed by dancer Ben Duke, premiered with a sell-out at Roundhouse’s Circusfest. Catch this now: this new tour takes them across the UK before finishing up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. To get half price tickets to either performance simply follow this link and quote WIRE.
Wed 21 & Thu 22 Jun, The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ. Tel: 0843 208 6000, 8pm, £13-£16, www.thelowry.com
Published on: Fri 16 Jun 2017