Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll Live (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll Live

credit: Dave Mackison

Jaw-dropping skill from cycle pros

Fame is a funny thing. There are four people on stage during Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll Live, all equally talented, brave and skilful. Yet it's MacAskill's name above the door, on people's lips, and gathering YouTube hits in the millions.

But while it's a shame that Kriss Kyle, Duncan Shaw and Ali Clarkson haven't captured the public's imagination to quite the same extent, at least it means that for the audience of this show, there are no weak links.

Mid-way through his Fringe run, MacAskill damaged his knee (the kind of break and tear that would see most people off work for a month), but he's still here smiling shyly at the crowd. Some tricks have been handed over to Shaw and Clarkson, but still determined to do the big ball routine that injured him, he bounces and flips like nothing ails him.

Equally impressive is his re-creation of the railings he cycled over in his short film Inspired – apparently that took 300 attempts to get right, he does it in four here (pictured).

BMX rider Kyle is a little out on a limb next to the three trial bikers, needing his own apparatus wheeled out rather than use the impressive and daring on-stage set. But when his Perspex half-pipe arrives (designed so the whole audience can see what's happening), he whips the crowd into a frenzy with his multiple backflips.

This is a big, loud, showy production, with gifts flung out into the crowd at regular intervals and an enthusiastic host who never lets the crowd's energy drop beneath scream level. Whether that's needed is a matter of personal taste. For me, these talented men and their incredible ability to balance, flip, twist, drop and fly on two wheels is more than enough entertainment all by itself.

Underbelly Circus Hub, until 24 Aug, times vary, £18.50 (£16.50).

Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll Live

  • 4 stars

Watch trials rider Danny MacAskill perform stunts on his bike, alongside Duncan Shaw and other extreme sportspeople, with commentary from Henry Jackson.