Reviews

“An exquisite harmony of acrobatics, storytelling and music, which teeters constantly at the exhilarating brink between virtuosity and real danger …Backgammon for Beginners evokes the power of the most captivating storytelling **** “ Exeunt

“A step forward for the company, as well as for UK circus… Backgammon For Beginners reaches beyond that towards the sorts of gut feelings that points of data can’t describe. In the end circus says it best.” Sideshow Magazine

“The impossibility of ever knowing the truth about anyone – even your own parent – is explored in this ambitious and often moving show…There is much to cheer here from this young company, not least of which is their unique physical language.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The gymnastics are genuinely impressive. Seen in such close proximity, the obvious exertion of the two performers provides an element of danger, which serves to fixate the audience further. Their ability to relay lines during the lifts and tumbles adds an extra layer of wonder.” Gay Times

‘Outstanding’ The Observer

‘Dramatic and daring. Poignant, funny and moving. But most of all really entertaining. Performed with real attitude.’ The Stage

‘One of the best productions of its type that I have seen. It is eminently watchable and enjoyable. We need more homegrown shows of this quality. ‘ The Spectacle 

Audience reactions:
I was transfixed by your performance at The Lowry tonight and being so close to the action was spectacular. I saw Cirque Du Soliel on Sunday, and The Hot Dots left me feeling more breathless. You have a very special chemistry and I’m sure you will continue to wow audiences for many years to come. –Irena Przybyl, audience member, Manchester, Spring 2010

Absolutely breathtaking! I echo someone else’s comment re Cirque du Soleil. An hour or so at The David Hall was far better than a whole day’s trip to see the disappointing Albert Hall show. All the acrobatics were amazing and we had the bonus of the intimate venue and the Q & A session afterwards. Brilliant! You’ve both certainly raised circus to another level – Ralph White, Audience member, Somerset, Spring 2010

Fantastic! Our whole family enjoyed the performance very much. An innovative mix of breathtaking acrobatics, juggling and touching narrative – something we had not seen done before. The lighting and music were the icing on the cake! – Mark Armstrong, audience member, Harlech, Spring 2010

I was amazed by your incredibly unique performance at the Andover Lights last week. We were stunned whilst we were watching the show. After the show, the arena side was buzzing. Dance, theatre and circus all in one. Wow! – Robin, audience member, Andover. Spring 2010

The stars of the day were So and So Circus, a UK-based duo whose Swing Set combined elements of Lindy Hop with daring acrobatics of the kind rarely seen outside the circus: their routine combined physicality with saucy humour and enormous skill, and their appeal was such that many people returned to see their performances throughout the day Graham Williams, Reviewer, Dance Days 2010, Swansea.