PREVIEW – Barely Methodical Troupe bring Bromance back to the Fringe

Picture of the circus troupe in action
Photo courtesy of Chris Nash

The UK’s hottest circus company, award-winning Barely Methodical Troupe, are bringing their debut show Bromance back to where it all began.

An international sensation, Bromance explores the friendship between three of the UK’s most exciting acrobats – big man Louis Gift, Cyr wheeling star Charlie Wheeller and flying trickster Beren d’Amico.

Part of a new wave of modern British circus that combines physical stunts with contemporary dance styles, themes and theatricality, BMT’s show-stopping acrobatics and explosive displays have wowed audiences worldwide again and again.

Their playful techniques subvert conventional circus tricks and styles. Highly entertaining, Bromance is a show about trust, intimacy and male friendships explored through eye-watering feats of strength, astonishing circus skills, hand-to-hand balancing, acrobatics and Cyr wheel routines.

In this celebration of everything blokey, handshakes become handstands and back slaps become backflips.

Beren D’Amico says: “We had the opportunity to create a show. So they thought, “What do we have together?” We don’t want to do a show about politics or come across as pretentious.”

“So we made a show about male friendship, because that’s what we experience every day.”

Barely Methodical Troupe met at the National Centre for Circus Arts when they found their diverse mix of skills offered them a unique chemistry: Louis Gift started in parkour, Beren D’Amico in martial arts and tricking and Charlie Wheeller was a breakdancer.

On graduation they won the inaugural Circus Maximus competition and the Deutsche Bank Award which enabled them to create Bromance.

They have gone on to be awarded a string of awards including Best Circus Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe 2015.