Fringe Q&A: BROMANCE

International award-winning smash hit Bromance is back! Five-star circus about camaraderie and affection. Audacious, touching, exhilarating tour-de-force of physical heroics where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. Among the UK’s hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the showstopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre. 

AAA caught up with performers Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift and Charlie Wheeller.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, we premiered Bromance here in 2014. It was our first show ever, straight out of circus school. We were green. And terrified. But we had a brilliant time. We won the Total Theatre and Jacksons Lane Award for Circus and got invited to open the 2015 London International Mime Festival. Since then, the show has toured all over the world including a 3-week run in New York. And we’ve have been back to Edinburgh since then with our two more recent shows, Kin and Shift.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

Bromance is loosely based on the relationship between the three of us – well it was back then. We have of course matured into fabulous men now (… ha ha) but it’s still about friendship between young men. All of that catching and holding and trusting gives us lots of ways of exploring important ideas around male companionship.

The last time we performed Bromance was at the International Circus Festival in Palestine, and it was really beautiful. It’s so interesting putting this show in front of different cultures and groups. We have fantastic post-show discussions and workshops with young dancers and acrobats – and even once with a group of young boxers! Audiences really engage with
the ideas, as well as the physicality.

How much work went into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

A lot. We have re-rehearsed/reworked Bromance with our lovely director, Eddie Kay, to freshen it up and get it all sparkling and energised for Edinburgh.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Well of course we think it is a guaranteed good time and audience reactions tell us the same

  • from standing ovations to social media activity. We work really hard to take the audience
  • on a journey, mixing jaw-dropping circus skills and dance with a great soundtrack.
  • Bromance is very theatrical too, so you get several shows rolled into one! Excellent value.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

The circus offer at this year’s fringe is fantastic. It is hard to choose. We love Gravity and Other Myths, and our friends Nikki and JD are here with their gorgeous show KNOT. The Assembly Rooms Music Hall programme is an absolute winner and we are really excited to be a part of it.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Machine de Cirque, Raven, Juliet and Romeo – so much, but we’re also looking forward to taking some punts on different shows. That is what the fringe is all about.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Sleeeeeep. We also like catching up with some of our circus friends from around the planet and training together.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Funny, tender, favourite tweet: super human muscularity, fully human hearts.

Assembly Rooms, 3pm, until 25 August, www.edfringe.com

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