Illustration of upside down dog

“I was part of a gymnastic troupe, back in the day. We only ever performed in my lounge room, but we had a few neat moves. It was just the two of us: my stage name was Barryanne, and my boyfriend’s was Jemima. I always had to be the strong man because he was pretty weedy. I’d lie on the floor and twirl him around on my feet until we fell about laughing. I’m amazed we never broke any bones. We did get some impressive carpet burns, it’s true. I’m disappointed we never got around to having costumes made; we spent a lot of time planning them. I guess we just found other interests.”