Worthing Theatres – Summer of Circus 2018

Worthing Theatres third Summer of Circus season celebrates 250 year anniversary of circus with ground-breaking world premiere

2018 marks a special year for circus. 250 years ago the art-form was first introduced when Philip Astley, who is considered the creator of modern circus, first leapt into show business with his own ring of entertainment near Waterloo in London. Since then the genre has developed and evolved into many forms, combining circus tricks with physical theatre and storytelling.

To celebrate this remarkable anniversary, Worthing Theatres have announced the line-up for their third Summer of Circus season, where they will stage some of the world’s best circus companies at the Pavilion Theatre.

summer of circus worthing theatresWhat’s on during Summer of Circus

Launching the season in style on 18-20 May will be the official world premiere of The Exploded Circus by Mimbre. This all-female contemporary circus production has a highly visual narrative that uses the scene of a devastated circus and its performers as an allegory to explore what we perceive as society, and how we might rebuild it were our world to collapse. The show invites audiences into a moment where an explosion has been frozen in time, the remnants of a circus caught mid-air – with everything from the circus ring, sequins, and fairground horses suspended above the ground.

Opening the main 10 day season on Friday 22 June Worthing Theatres welcome one of the world’s best juggling troupes, as Gandini Juggling present their latest show 8 Songs. A tribute to the mythical landscape of popular music, the show is a series of choreographed juggling vignettes set to eight classic rock and roll songs.

Travelling especially from Spain for the season, Compania Vavel Circus present Garbuix on 23-24 June. Five women from five countries will bring delight and entertainment with their high tempo family show, which combines everything from music, shouting, fun, games and even a giant bear in this action led performance.

A thrilling collaboration between two of the biggest companies in circus and dance then takes place as NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse join forces in their new production Block on 27-28 June. Their innovative show explores life in the city, its contradictions and challenges. Twenty oversized blocks are deconstructed and reformed to create different cityscapes for the performers to engage with, with daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats.

On Saturday 30 June performer Grania Pickard uses puppetry and physical theatre to tell the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean in He Ain’t Heavy. The audience are shown how he walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.

Dizzy O’ Dare close the season with their family fun production The Giant Balloon Show on Sunday 1 July. Winner of the International Festival of Fools 2017, this brilliant one man show is set to an eighties soundtrack and is full of high energy, hilarity and of course, a giant balloon.

Amanda O’ Reilly, Head of Culture for Adur & Worthing Councils, says:

“We are so thrilled to be opening our third consecutive Summer of Circus season in Worthing, especially as this year marks the 250 year anniversary of this exhilarating art form. We have everything from a stunning world premiere by Mimbre, to an exciting collaboration between two pioneering companies in the world of circus and dance: NoFit State and Motionhouse.”

Discover more about Summer of Circus...

The Exploded Circus

18th May 2018 to 20th May 2018

A visually stunning performance from all-female troupe Mimbre. An amazing introduction to contemporary circus.

8 Songs

22nd Jun 2018

This series of choreographed juggling vignettes is a raw and surreal piece, sexy and skillful uncovering the raw and elating power of rock ‘n’ roll!

Garbuix

23rd Jun 2018 to 24th Jun 2018

Five women, five countries and as many languages. A zany, enthralling, comic circus show for all the family.

Block

27th Jun 2018 to 28th Jun 2018

Block is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges. With its daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats, Block leaves audiences gasping.

He Ain’t Heavy

30th Jun 2018

Performer Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean through puppetry and physical theatre.

The Giant Balloon Show

1st Jul 2018

A brilliant, crazy one man show that sees the performer end up inside a giant balloon. This show will have the whole family in stitches and in awe simultaneously!