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Summer of Circus

One of the UK's best contemporary circus festivals is coming to Sussex with shows & workshops for adults & kids

Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town – er make that circuses because a host of the world’s best contemporary troupes are coming to Worthing for its second Summer of Circus.

Jungle Book

We’re not talking spandex, sparkles and clown cars here (well maybe just a bit of that) we’re talking a more grown up affair with jaw-dropping acrobatics, subtle humour, storytelling, steampunk style and cool soundtracks. I caught one of the headline shows last year and enjoyed it as much as the under-tens with me.

The Worthing event is already in the top three largest contemporary circus festivals in the UK! There are ten whole weeks of  performances this year, some adult only, some for all ages, right into the school summer holidays. There are adult and child workshops too so you and yours can learn some trampolining skills or have a go at and tightrope walking.


Have a good old browse of the website because there’s heaps going on but here’s my pick of a few of the highlights.


Fri 16 and Sat 17 June, Pavilion Theatre: The Barely Methodical Troupe whose debut show Bromance was a sellout award-winner last year, is bringing Kin to town with acrobatics, dance, parkour and b-boy combined to explore the human condition. Ages 12 +

Sat 17 June, Steyne Gardens / Sat 22 July, Broadwater Green: Free, family-friendly show The Wheel House will be performed outdoors, combining acrobatics with a clever rolling theatre set.

Thurs 18 July, Pavilion Theatre: Rise is set in the twilightsworld of showbiz and combines comedy, pathos, live music and tightrope walking. 12+


Fri 21 July, Pavilion Theatre: Three sexy-looking scientists attempt to create the elixir of life in uninhibited show Elixir that involves some scary-looking  head balancing. 15+

Sat 12 Aug: A secret aerial event will be happening in town at an outdoor venue yet to be announced… keep looking up

Sat 26 & Sun 27 Aug, Connaught Theatre: Street dance and theatre combine in an adaptation of Jungle Book from the Metta Theatre in which Mowgli is a girl in an urban jungle accopanied by a beat-lovng binman baloo and graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding wolf crew. 8+

The Wheel House

For full details and some nifty trailers see:


Trampolining, (18+/7+), Fri 30 June/ Sat 1 Jul  Tightrope walking (18+) Tues 18 July; Acrobatics (18+), Thurs 20 July; Hoop workshops (8+/18+) Fri 25/ Sat 26 Aug; German Wheel Acrobatics workshop (18+) Sat 6 Aug: Circuseen bootcamps (4 – 13),  26 July, 25 Oct.

For full workshop details see here 


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