Pirates of the Carabina’s captivating and comic aerial adventure Flown soars to the Pavilion Theatre on Thurs 28 July – Sun 31 July, as part of Worthing Theatres’ Summer of Circus This internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company are known for their daring and beautifully choreographed aerial theatre performances.
Mixing comedy and chaos with bold physicality and live music, their award-winning show invites audiences to come inside, to look backstage and delight in the absurdity of contemporary circus life. A motley crew of incredible acrobats, aerialists, musicians and stuntmen, Pirates of the Carabina tell the tale of trying to get their show on the road. Things go right and plenty more goes wrong – disagreements, fear and exhaustion threaten to sabotage the spectacle, and catastrophe is just one move away.
Occasionally they pause from spinning on a wheel or dangling from a rope to tell a joke, reveal their inner-most secrets or confess to the truth of a life spent treading the boards and swinging off rafters. Set to an original live soundtrack, it’s big, beautiful and bonkers and of course in the end, everything is Flown. Even the band! Turning whatever you think you know about the circus on its head, this show will captivate the whole family and leave you lost for words. Expect to see everything from aerial hoops to tightrope walking, hand-balancing, Chinese pole, silks, slapstick comedy, flying drum kits and of course – ironing boards.
The show is part of Worthing Theatres’ Summer of Circus festival, the first of its kind in the town and one of the three largest contemporary circus festivals in the UK. This run is a South Coast exclusive and outside-of-tour special.
Pirates of the Carabina (POC) specialize in theatrical, highly technical circus shows, combining aerial and physical performance with live music. Comprised of a crew of 13 highly experienced and committed circus artists, riggers, musicians and technicians from across the world, POC are known for their skillful embrace of both ground-based circus acts and innovative aerial forms. [The counter-weighted hoop act they originated has been adopted by many leading circus companies today].
Devised by the company , Flown has continued to develop since its debut at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 for which it was originally commissioned. Since 2012, the show has toured across the UK and Europe, performing to almost 65,000 people and capacity crowds at leading venues and festivals, including Brighton Festival and the Underbelly at London’s Southbank. In 2013, Flown won the Total Theatre Award for Physical and Visual Theatre for its sell-out show during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2015, it completed a sell-out tour of Wales, performing at the renowned St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, and headlining the first ever Gwledd SYRCAS Feast festival in their very own Big Top in Bangor. In September they opened the Brisbane Festival in Australia, followed by a critically received two-week run; and to round off a packed year, POC presented a very special version of Flown for a Christmas run at Brighton’s Dome.
Flown comes to Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on Thurs 28 July – Sun 31 July 2016