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From flying trapeze classes and contortion on a Chinese pole to wheelie bin acrobatics and everything being flown on stage, there are thrills for the whole family during Summer of Circus at Worthing Theatres from July 8 to September 17.

The festival, which is aimed at long term circus fanatics, families and first time theatre-goers, unites a variety of non-traditional circus productions.

The launch on May 31 sees Acrojou opening the festival with their latest show Frantic. Formed in 2006 at the National Centre for Circus Arts, Acrojou combine circus, visual art, theatre, dance and engineering to create narrative at the rich meeting point of bodies, structures and materials.

The main festival opens with Lost In Translation’s production The Hogwallops, touring the UK for the first time, which is a chaotic and colourful tale of a family of misfits. Shortly after, the award-winning slapstick comedy Trash Test Dummies fuses acrobatics, juggling and stunt work to take the household wheelie bin to new heights.

Internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Pirates of the Carabina bring Flown to the Pavilion Theatre, which mixes comedy and bold physicality with live music. This award-winning production ultimately ensures everything on stage is flown, even the band.

For theatre fans, razor sharp group Les Enfant Terribles, creators of London’s Alice Underground, return to Worthing with The Vaudevillians, a circus-inspired murder mystery set in The Empire music hall.

Gorilla Circus will be taking over Lancing Beach Green, with their huge flying trapeze rig. They will perform free live shows and for anyone with a taste of adventure, there will also be masterclasses which need to be booked in advance. Thrill-seekers can climb up three storeys and learn how to swing on one of the only flying trapezes in the country open to the public.

Critically acclaimed aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor, who specialise in creating physical theatre, present their triple bill of Arc, Every Action and Memento Mori. The action takes place suspended on apparatus above the extended Pavilion Theatre stage.

Closing the festival is Metta Theatre’s Blown Away, particularly aimed at young circus-lovers age 3 and above, which invites the audience on a magical theatrical journey through puppetry and live music.

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

“Summer of Circus is three months of the most spectacular and extraordinary international and UK contemporary circus, right here in Adur and Worthing. We have created a new home for circus on the South Coast and are proud that the festival contains beautiful shows to introduce everyone to this exhilarating new collection of works.”

Summer of Circus 2016

Production                                           Date                             Venue
Frantic                                                31 May + 25 June           Pavilion Theatre
The Hogwallops                                  8-9 July                         Pavilion Theatre
Trash Test Dummies                           16-17 July                      Pavilion Theatre
Flown                                                  28-31 July                     Pavilion Theatre
GC Flying Trapeze Classes                 27 Aug – 4 Sep              Lancing Green
GC Flying Trapeze Shows                   27 Aug – 4 Sep              Lancing Green
The Vaudevillians                                2 Sept                          Connaught Theatre
Ockham’s Razor                                 16-17 September            Pavilion Theatre
Blown Away                                         17 September                Connaught Theatre