Worthing hosts another Summer of Circus

Last year the Summer of Circus Festival put Worthing on the map as the true home of circus on the south coast following a whirlwind success. Now, it’s back for more as Worthing Theatres announce the festival’s 2017 line-up. After becoming one of the largest contemporary circus festivals in the UK, its latest program promises a myriad of breathtaking live performances and workshops to thrill the whole family, taking place between 16 June – 27 August.

Proud to be launching this summer’s circus season will be one of the freshest and most dynamic circus ensembles in the UK – Barely Methodical Troupe – with their latest production Kin (16-17 June). Previous Summer of Circus openers, Acrojou, will be making a very welcome return to our coast to stage two free performances of The Wheel House at Steyne Gardens (17 June) and Broadwater Green (22 July). Mind-blowing trampoline artist Max Calaf Sevé brings his charming tale Anyday to the Pavilion Theatre (1 July), welcoming his audience into an intimate world him and a little bird share on his trampoline, pulling off incredible acrobatic skills. If this gets you excited, you’ll be happy to know there will also be trampoline workshops for children (30 June) and adults (1 July) – so why not give it a go yourself? The fantastical Dizzy O’ Dare displays her skills on the highwire in the world premiere of her show Rise (18 July), tying helium-filled balloons to her tresses as she wanders into the twilight world of showbiz alongside an unstoppable blend of live music, cabaret and comedy. The Head First Acrobats team bring their internationally-acclaimed circus show Elixir (21 July) to the Pavilion Theatre, in which three scientists attempt to create the elixir of life through acrobatics – whilst also tempting visitors to try and develop their own acrobalancing skills in another workshop (20 July).

After impressive audiences at last year’s festival, Ockham’s Razor are bound for return with their flawless new show Tipping Point (28-29 July), winner of the Total Theatre Award and Jacksons Lane Circus Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2016. All the way from Amsterdam is circus company Le Cirque Du Platzak, bringing Kermiz to the Pavilion Theatre (5 Aug) – an exciting circus adventure based on the darker side of a Grimm fairy tale.

Metta Theatre close the season with a family production of Jungle Book (26-27 Aug), an urban retelling of the Rudyard Kipling classic, featuring jaw-dropping tricks from a cast of international performers. Nathalie Alison will also be teaching the basics of aerial hoop in special workshops for those aged eight and over (25-26 Aug). Summer of Circus is supported by funding from the Arts Council’s Coasters Initiative, which celebrates and facilitates circus and other 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.”

Summer of Circus Festival comes to Worthing on Fri 16 June – Sun 27 Aug 2017.

For booking enquires and more information on Summer of Circus, visit www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

The Jungle Book image © Richard Davenport

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