On Tuesday 31 May, Worthing Theatres celebrated the launch of their first ever Summer of Circus festival. The season, which brands Worthing the home of contemporary circus on the south coast, is one of the three largest contemporary circus festivals in the UK including London’s widely established CircusFest and Bristol’s Circus City.

The evening began in the Denton Bar with speeches from Worthing Borough Council’s Chief Executive Alex Bailey and Head of Culture Amanda O’ Reilly, who introduced the festival and outlined how the council support this new and exciting season. The spectators of the evening, led by compere Lillian Lake, were a mixture of key press, performers, circus specialists and councillors, as well as the newly appointed Mayor Sean McDonald and the Mayoress Vicky Vaughan. After the speeches they relocated outside the Pavilion theatre to watch Frantic, where Acrojou performed spectacular acrobatics and physical-theatre, choreographed around a moving wheel.

The evening then moved back inside the auditorium where hand-balancer Zoe Jones displayed her skilful performance, which led on to Ethan and Carolyn’s Silks & Contortion, the couple grabbed the audience’s attention from the ceiling of the Pavilion theatre displaying remarkable strength and agilities with the use of silks.

Further entertainment included musician Fugitive Orchestra, the one man band mixed sounds through a live loop system to create fully orchestrated tracks, whilst Poi Passion heated things up and rounded the evening up with fire juggling skills in Tide of Fire.

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 Worthing. We have created a new home for contemporary circus on the South Coast and are proud that the festival contains beautiful shows to introduce everyone to this exhilarating new collection of works.”

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.

Summer of Circus

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

Don’t forget, if you buy tickets to four or more performances, they’re just £10 a ticket: Click here to multibuy!

Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

See the full Summer of Circus launch album here: