The Sweep and the Apprentice, Sooty

Inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”, “The Chimney Sweeps: A Family Business” is a piece of family theatre with nostalgic airs that brings back the charms of the Victorian era in Mary Poppins style. It is a silent show choreographed to an original music score, and it includes original jigs, dazzling acrobatics, juggling, humour and a full load of charm.

The idea for this show was ignited a few years ago by a review of another show of hours, in which The Apprentice did a cameo appearance. This is the review, featured in the blog Tales from the South Bank

The image of the chimney sweeps is widely recognised and it brings good humour to those hard times. It also recuperates a traditional circus and vaudeville experience that has been lost in live entertainment nowadays, but an experience that everybody can feel identified with, which is family theatre performed by a father and his child. The show has the special appeal of having a very talented child performer, who shows a very engaging relationship with his father and partner in crime.

Here is an account of the research and creative process of the production, sometimes by The Sweep, sometimes by The Apprentice, Sooty…

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Rochester Sweeps Festival

We had a great time at Splat! 2018, part of the Rochester Sweeps Festival earlier this month, where we premiered our show. The weather was fantastic and the atmosphere was even better!

We got some great feedback both from the organisation and the audience.

Dawn Archer, from Splat! said:
"It was lovely to have Circle of Two at Splat!  Of course, the theme was perfect within the main Sweeps Festival event.   The Chimney Sweeps: A Family Business is a gentle, entertaining show ideal for a family audience and the acrobatic skills of the father and son team delighted our audiences."
And here are some of the comments from the audience:
"What a funny show! And an amazing kid! Thanks" - Sylvia, Kasmir, Lea & Moritz 
"Super cool. I loved it! (second time I've watched since I really like it!)" - Ankish 
"Very impressive show" - Charlotte
And our photographer friend Kim Jarred took some very good pictures! Here they are....

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