Five ordinary blokes in ordinary bloke T-Shirts: like a lot of ordinary blokes today, most sport the beard and shaved-head look which, to me, makes them difficult to distinguish. My heart is heavy, anticipating déjà vu.
But then they begin. Oh joy! My cynical reserve is blown away. These men are GENIUS. What they do is clever, creative, witty, physical, puzzling, engaging… It’s a sort of man-sized Tetris game where chaos, miraculously, keeps giving way to order. With only their bodily strength and the rhythm of their breath as accompaniment, they embark on a strenuous, never-ending obstacle course: a human ‘cats cradle’-cum-‘feet-off-the-ground’ game. They crochet us a long, warm, optimistic human chain of abstract action. It unwinds before our eyes as a marvellous metaphor for the power of human relations, collaboration and ingenuity. Guys you have renewed my faith in mankind, or do I mean kind men. But seriously. Thank you.