The tensest five minutes of my life came at the end of a Cultural eXchanges workshop’s on Variety Performance. The workshop was interspersed with the serious consideration of the decline of Variety performances and clips and acts designed to show us how and why Variety is such a brilliant form of entertainment. Generations of performers shared their memories of Variety both onstage and offstage – making this a thoroughly entertaining evening.
The tense entertainment came in the form of plate-spinning – a skill I had before thought of as neither entertaining nor productive. However, after a brief ten minute performance it was impossible not to notice how such a simple act had united generations within the room until unanimous screams alerted our Variety performer, Andrew Van Buren, to the seemingly imminent demise of his spinning plates.
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