Silver Lining & Jackson's Lane: Throwback (3 stars)

Heart-warming circus in a celebration of nostalgia

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Silver Lining & Jackson's Lane: Throwback

Can there be a guiltier pleasure than sitting in the circus at half past four on a weekday afternoon watching acrobats tumble about to a soundtrack of the most pungently cheesy 80s and 90s hits? You're going to know even before this show begins whether it's up your street or not, because they are playing the Backstreet Boys when you walk in, and it's not an anomaly that has slipped through into the playlist.

Their taste in music may be worse than your local gym's but there's something fantastically heart-warming about this energetic and youthful troupe – six-strong, happily baring their souls with personal anecdotes as they take us into each act. Nostalgia is the name of the game here, both sweet and bitter. Niamh O'Reilly tells us about her favourite day before launching into a singing hand-balance with fantastic breath control. Craig Dagostino shares his break-up story and heals himself on the Chinese pole.

The skills are tight, but the acts are mostly gentle rather than thrilling, with the exception of LJ Kalyn Marles whose wild-child style on the straps is worth the ticket price alone. That and their monumental take on the classic Dirty Dancing lift.

Underbelly's Circus Hub, until 22 Aug, 4.30pm, £15–£16 (£14–£15).

Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane: Throwback

  • 3 stars

Jackson's Lane, National Centre For Circus Arts, Underbelly Productions 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…

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