New season of circus celebrated at Worthing Theatres with fun-filled launch
Last Friday Worthing Theatres launched their latest season with one of the newest and most dynamic circus ensembles in the UK, Barely Methodical Troupe, performing their latest production, KIN. There was entertainment throughout the evening including a live DJ, graffiti artist, circus-themed cocktails and canapes as well as a free photo booth in the picturesque Pavilion Café Bar, where the sun was seen setting against the backdrop of the beach. There were press, councillors, special guests and patrons in attendance, including the Mayor of Worthing and Adur & Worthing’s Head of Culture Amanda O’ Reilly, who gave a speech highlighting the upcoming circus season. The performance ended with a standing ovation from the audience and the talented company then joined the guests in the post-show celebrations.
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 continue a stellar circus 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, which runs until Sunday 27 August when the season closes with the summer family production of the Jungle Book.
Here is a summary of the reviews from the launch and performance of KIN:
“It was a terrific opening night signalling all the fun that lies ahead this summer”
Lucy Loves Circus discusses Summer of Circus in her special blog:
“There can only be one winner, and in the end there is just one – the winner is the entire Barely Methodical Troupe with their dynamic, awe inspiring, one-of-a-kind, simply superb performance, Kin.”
The Sussex Newspaper ★★★★★ www.thesussexnewspaper.com/review-kin-summer-of-circus-worthing/
“A wonderful and captivating piece of Circus theatre. A cross between the Matrix and the Marx Brothers, Kin is funny and breathtaking in equal measure; there is no better showcase for UK modern circus.”
The Reviews Hub ★★★★½ www.thereviewshub.com/summer-of-circus-launch-kin-pavilion-theatre-worthing/
“Worthing’s Contemporary Summer of Circus hurtled into action with this thrilling interplay of risky acrobatics, inspired song choices and dead pan humour. Barely Methodical Troupe immerse us in the vast world behind the shows’ tiny title; ‘Kin’. Their lives depend on each other quite literally, and from that basis the group seems perfectly placed to demonstrate the inescapable bond and interdependence of kinship”
“Their six pairs of feet were hardly on the ground for this dazzling demonstration of contemporary circus embracing acrobatics and rhythmic gymnastics as well as modern dance.”
The Argus Review
Coming up soon…
After opening the previous Summer of Circus season, Acrojou returned to Worthing on Saturday 17 June where they staged two free outdoor performances of their trademark show The Wheel House at Steyne Gardens as part of the Worthing Children’s Parade, where audience members followed the revolving set across the promenade. They will also be performing at Broadwater Green (22 July) as part of the carnival, as well as 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), opening a window to the intimate world he shares with his bird on his trampoline, pulling 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.
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 enquires and more information on Summer of Circus, visit worthingtheatres.co.uk 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
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
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
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