Worthing Theatres’ Summer of Circus returns for the third year, with this year being extra special marking 250 years of circus across the world. To celebrate, the Summer of Circus season will be filled with stunning acrobats, and performances, magical story-telling, a mixing of dance and theatre and much more.

To kick start the huge celebration, The Exploded Circus by Mimbre will launch the festival on Friday 18 May. This all-female performance will be Mimbre’s first official world premiere.

Starting off as an explosion frozen in time, a story about finding your own order in amidst chaos, to create a new ‘normal’ and rebuilding society, will be expressed through acrobatics, aerial work and other specialist skills. The show will tell the story through visuals rather than spoken word, and acts as a great introduction into new contemporary circus.

The main festival season will be spread over 10 days, starting with Gandini Juggling on Fri 22 June, a tribute to the mythical landscape of popular music. Juggling alongside 8 classic rock and roll songs, this amazing choreographed juggling experience uncovers the power of rock ‘n’ roll music.

On Sat 23 & Sun 24 June, five women from five countries will fill the stage with acrobatics, music, humour and game playing. Vavel Compania Circus bring Garbuix: a blend full of mayhem and chaos, beautifully brought together through comedy fit for all the family.

From two of the best UK acclaimed circus performers, NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse, come together in a stunning collaboration of dance and circus on Wed 27 & Thur 28 June. Block is about the challenges and hardships of life in the city. Reconstructing block ‘skyscrapers’ to recreate different cityscapes to perform on and explore the possibilities of spilt-second timing and movements.

Sat 30 June sees Oddly Moving ‘He Ain’t Heavy’ performer Grania Pickard tell a story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother, Sean. Expressed through puppetry and physical theatre, the performance sees the daily-life challenges for Sean and expectations of interactions with the world, and how it has shaped Grania. The performance will be hosted alongside a workshop during the day, offering the opportunity for carers and family of those with disabilities to try out new skills too!

Throughout Sun 1 July, The Giant Balloon Show will see how one crazy performer ends up inside a giant balloon. This comedic act is perfect for all the family to giggle, and learn everything about balloons and more.

Alongside the shows Summer of Circus will be filled with workshops, for children, teenagers and adults to take part in, learning the tricks of circus performance.

More information and tickets can be found over on Worthing Theatres website.

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