Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane: Throwback

Ever heard a song come on the radio and instantly been taken back to particular memory? It’s strange the way a melody can evoke an emotion, the feeling of falling in love, remind you of a great night out. This young company certainly know that feeling. Throwback is more than just a show about nostalgia, it paints a picture of the way that music moulds and defines our lives.

the fantastic atmosphere created by the performance makes Throwback a hugely enjoyable and captivating watch.

The piece takes the form of the performers telling us short anecdotes about their life and music, then these stories would transform into circus pieces. This could be anything from group aerial acrobatics to singing the classic Nat King Cole classic Smile whilst standing on your head. It is piece filled throughout with passion and energy, an absolute joy to watch. Alongside this however, there were tender moments of sadness and emotion that were possibly the most beautiful parts.

Performed in the Underbelly Circus Hub, one of the most exciting and talked about venues of this year’s festival season, the group certainly suit the atmosphere of the venue. The show is packed-full of feel-good vibes, it was a wonderful experience to look around the audience and see a smile plastered over every single person’s face. One of the reasons behind this unbridled joy is the chemistry between all of the performance. They really do just seem like a group of pals getting together for a party. The production was sadly let down slightly by having a bit too much hula-hoop and not enough wow. In recent year the standard of contemporary circus acts has rocketed and it is unfortunate that Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane haven’t quite met this standard technically. Many of the tricks seemed fairly safe and underwhelming, alongside a couple of fluffed stunts this really put a grey cloud to their silver lining. Despite this the fantastic atmosphere created by the performance makes Throwback a hugely enjoyable and captivating watch. It’s a performance where you would really struggle to not have good time. 

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The rising stars of British circus harness the power of collective memory in Throwback: a love note to nostalgia and the things you can’t forget. With awe-inspiring aerial and acrobatic work, the UK’s most exciting young troupe team up with acclaimed West End director Paulette Randall to tell stories that are honest, emotional and absorbing. A fast-paced, feel-good explosion of physical skill and fun! 'Some of the freshest circus acts in Britain' (Time Out on Silver Lining). 'Brimming with youthful energy and hypnotising artistry… truly disarming showmanship' (TheUpcoming.co.uk on Silver Lining).

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