Following the success of last year’s Summer of Circus festival, which established Worthing as the home of circus on the south coast, Worthing Theatres have announced their line-up for 2017. Now recognised as one of the three largest contemporary circus festival in the UK, the new program promises thrills for the whole family through a myriad of live performances and workshops from June 16 to August 27.
Launching the season will be one of the newest and most dynamic circus ensembles in the UK, Barely Methodical Troupe, with their latest production Kin (16-17 June).
After opening the previous Summer of Circus season, Acrojou will be returning to Worthing staging two free performances of The Wheel House at Steyne Gardens as part of the Worthing Children’s Parade (17 June) and at Broadwater Green for the Broadwater Carnival (22 July). They will also be teaching the art of the German Wheel in their workshop at the Assembly Hall (August 6).
Trampoline artist Max Calaf Sevé brings his charming tale Anyday to the Pavilion Theatre (1 July), which explores the comic, surreal and absurd world Max shares with his pet bird on his trampoline as he pulls off acrobatic skills to an original score. There will also be trampoline workshops for children (30 June) and adults (1 July).
Dizzy O’ Dare displays her skills on the high-wire in the world premiere of her show Rise (18 July), fixing helium balloons to her hair as she wanders into the twilight world of showbusiness mixing song, circus and cabaret with a delightful blend of comedy and live music. There will also be a workshop on the day of the performance for people to test and improve their skills on the tightrope.
Head First Acrobats bring their internationally acclaimed circus show Elixir (21 July) to the Pavilion Theatre, three handsome scientists attempt to create the elixir of life through acrobatics involving a teeterboard, roue cyr wheel, handbalancing and trapeze. They are also inviting people to develop their own acro-balancing skills in a workshop (July 20).
After wowing Worthing audiences in last year’s festival, Ockham’s Razor return with their new show Tipping Point (28-29 July), winner of the Total Theatre Award and Jacksons Lane Circus Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2016.
Travelling from Amsterdam, circus company Le Cirque Du Platzak bring Kermiz to the Pavilion Theatre (5 August), a circus adventure themed around the dark side of a Grimm fairy tale, with rousing folk music throughout.
Award-winning Metta Theatre close the season with their critically acclaimed family production of Jungle Book (26-27 August); an urban retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s original story featuring jaw-dropping tricks from a cast of international performers. Nathalie Alison will also be teaching the basics of aerial hoop in their special workshops for everyone aged 8+ (25-26 August).
Summer of Circus has been supported by funding from the Arts Council’s Coasters Initiative, which facilitates and celebrates circus and street arts in coastal towns across the country.
Head of Culture, Adur and Worthing Councils, Amanda O’ Reilly, says:
“We are thrilled to be launching our second Summer of Circus, three glorious months of the hottest wheeling and spinning, sweat-packed, muscle bound athleticism you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing, amalgamating the best international circus companies right here in Worthing.”
For booking enquiries and more information on Summer of Circus, visit worthingtheatres.co.uk/circus or call the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206.
Summer of Circus 2017
Date: Friday 16 June – Sunday 27 August 2017
Production Date Venue Price
Kin 16-17 June Pavilion Theatre £10-19.50
The Wheelhouse 17 June Steyne Gardens Free
Anyday: Trampoline Workshop 30 June – 1 July Pavilion Theatre £10
Anyday 1 July Pavilion Theatre £9.50-£12.50
Rise: Tight Wire Workshop 18 July Pavilion Theatre £10
Rise 18 July Pavilion Theatre £8.50-£12.50
Elixir: Acro-Balance Workshop 20 July Pavilion Theatre £10
Elixir 21 July Pavilion Theatre £13.50-£16.50
The Wheelhouse 22 July Broadwater Green Free
Tipping Point 28-29 July Pavilion Theatre £10-£16.50
Kermiz 5 Aug Pavilion Theatre £12
German Wheel Workshop 6 Aug Assembly Hall £10
Jungle Book Hoop Workshop 25-26 Aug Pavilion Theatre £10
Jungle Book 26- 27 Aug Connaught Theatre £10-£12
Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PX
Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, BN11 1LG
Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, BN11 1HQ
Broadwater Green, Worthing, BN14 9DJ
Steyne Gardens, Worthing, BN11 3DZ
Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk