This Is What We Do for a Living
Boys' School, Smock Alley ****
In a series of playful vignettes they negotiate the peaks and troughs of their profession, bring to life the interlopers that threaten their dynamic, and dwell on plans for a mini-acrobat to carry on their legacy, a metaphor – yes! – for their future.
With such an extensive performance history the duo share a shorthand that brings fluidity and surprise to their acrobatic feats: a quick smile and a sudden fall and catch is initiated. They even manage to turn failure into a virtue, improvising missteps into comic routines. The acrobatic repertoire may be limited – juggling, hoops, rope and swing – but there is much more to relish in this charming blend of comedy and circus.