Arrgh! It’s time to reveal myself – maybe inflict myself, on The World. After 5 gruelling years in the Cirque and other circuits with my fantastic friends, mainly in Canada, we’ve decided to take a break and give our somewhat tortured bodies a rest. And, I’ve been ‘egged on’ to tell something of ourselves and our story – hence this blog. For a start, anyway: I did start to write something of our earlier misadventures on an old laptop which I’ve now rediscovered. ‘Go on, Tone,’ they said, ‘you can tell a good tale!’ Oh well.
Frankly, it was weird: acrobats always have a heightened sense of risk when performing. But getting shot at in the 2003 Edinburgh Festival in Scotland – remember the headlines? – and then, worse, several of us practically getting killed when on tour in California a year later. And nothing to do with our performance… it’s not quite what you expect, is it! Especially when the cause of all our troubles was over in the continent of America, where we were when it all began.
So, I’ve decided to expose myself here – kind of tease out the reaction to all this before I figure out whether anyone would ever be interested to hear the whole story. Like in a book.
Here’s the deal: it’s not about football or something obvious, it’s about acrobats (sigh! – but then again, in the UK, Spelbound’s 13 guys and gals won Britain’s Got Talent in 2010 and raised the acrobatics game a whole heap higher: I’m proud to know a couple of them); second, most of us in our past and present companies are gay (can you deal with that – after all, 8% of the human race feels the same); and, finally, we got mixed up in a plot worthy of Philip Chandler or Ian Rankin. Could be fun!
So, in the coming weeks, I’ll introduce you to the first love of my life (Dave!), our sporty and performance stuff, our mates, our history, and even the kids… yes, gay guys can be Dads too. Maybe I’ll start with really old stuff from my junior school, when I first discovered gymnastics, the’ bestest’ ever of sports. Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I.
And here’s a little picture I like of four great gymnasts, just to set the mood. See ya soon.