24-25 November 2015
Reviewed by Melanie Allen
Having previously visited the main Lyric theatre at the Lowry, the Quay theatre was much more of an intimate affair. Having been to the Lowry before, I knew that if I spent five pounds or more in the shops, my parking would be for free, so we called at one of my favourite coffee shops on the way. We arrived half an hour before the show and was shown to the lounge as the theatre wasn’t quite ready.
I had seen the blurb for Bromance but didn’t really know what to expect. The audience was a mixed bag of people ranging from age 8 (my son) to age 80. I needn’t have worried though– I mean, what is there not to like about three young muscle ripped men down to their boxers performing acrobatics on stage?
Looking up the definition of Bromance, it says it is ‘a close but non-sexual relationship between two men’. In this case it was three. As they appeared on stage, they were shaking hands with each other and showing how the type of handshake can affect the way you come across to the other person. This then turned into a comedy sketch, and the audience was laughing out loud. I didn’t really know what direction they would go next but it then turned into a contemporary dance set. Like synchronised swimmers, they moved effortlessly and gracefully across the stage. My 8 year old son was in awe of them and kept gasping every time one of them leapt from the other ones shoulders and almost hit the floor with inches to spare!
What amazed me even more was that one of the men had his leg in some type of cast – and he did everything if not more than all the others with this cast on his leg. He climbed on shoulders and leapt all over the stage. He only had problems with it when he tried to take his trousers off…….
The penultimate act, with a very large metal ring was out of this world. What these guys cannot do with a ring isn’t worth doing. The effect was almost magical and I thought my eyes were deceiving me. The show may have been crammed into 50 minutes, but it was action packed and well-choreographed. The men were clearly out of breath and sweating after being physical for that long. The highlight of the show for me was the final act, where they all got on each other’s shoulders (one of top of the other) in only their red boxers – I’m sure the other members of the audience shared my glee! Awesomeness in boxer shorts.
For more information on Barely Methodical Troupe and tour dates visit www.barelymethodical.com.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
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