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Circus performances in the UK

This comprehensive list details circus performances currently booking throughout the UK. All details are correct at the time of publication but please do check with individual venues to confirm.

If you have a circus-based show you would like listed here, please email hazel@nationalcircus.org.uk with full details, a link and an image.

Even the Stones – National Centre for Circus Arts BA Degree Ensemble

The National Centre for Circus Arts BA (Hons) ensemble show for 2018.

Dates: 26 - 28 June 2018
Venue: Jacksons Lane, Highgate

“Even the stones placed in your path can be made into something beautiful” - Goethe

The 14 graduating students of the National Centre for Circus Arts in collaboration with Ockham's Razor bring you a show about confronting and transforming the obstacles in our way. Featuring strength, skill, risk and vulnerability alongside seven men, seven women and 700kg of stones.

Directed by Charlotte Mooney & Tina Koch from Ockham's Razor.
Ockham’s Razor are supported by Arts Council England and produced by Turtle Key Arts.

Price: £10 / £5 concessions
Tickets must be purchased through Jacksons Lane’s box office.

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'The Penguin & I' - Living Room Circus

Dates: 15 June - 7 July

Living Room Circus are performing a four weekend run at a working dairy farm with their current show 'The Penguin & I' in Forest Row, East Sussex. Blending high-level circus skills with dance, physical theatre and live music.

The Penguin & I by Living Room Circus takes the ordinary and turns it on its head. What have you lost down the back of your sofa? Change? keys? a memory? This immersive performance tells an absurd story of a man chasing a penguin through his memories in an attempt to piece together events from the previous night. He finds more down the back of his sofa than he bargained for. Trust and courage collide in Living Room Circus’ latest show.

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Reviews:
'This was a slick and enjoyable mix of absorbing surreality, fascinating ideas and polished dexterity, studded with a couple of breathtaking tricks' - Graham Watts Reviewer

'Immersive, acrobatic and an obnoxious penguin.' - Audience member

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The Exploded Circus - Mimbre

Tour dates:

16 – 17 June - The Lowry, Salford
23 – 24 June - Imagine Luton
30 June – 1 July - Winchester - 'I’ve lost my circus' by Mimbre
27 – 28 July - The Ffwrnes, Llanelli
1 – 5 August - Live in the Square, London
10 – 12 August - GO LIVE! at the green, Glasgow
7 – 8 September - Winchester Theatre Royal, Winchester

Step into the moment where an explosion has been frozen in time, the remnants of a big top caught mid-air – with everything from circus ring, sequins and fairground horses suspended above ground. Featuring a breath-taking mix of acrobatics, surprising aerial feats and masterful juggling, The Exploded Circus weaves a story told without words, where six female performers have to come together to seek order in the chaos and create a new normal. With striking imagery and subtle humour, the show explores themes around change, hope and belonging.

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Postcards Festival 2018 - Jacksons Lane

Dates: 17 – 28 July
Venue: Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London

It’s Postcards time again - two full weeks to watch the agitators, the badasses, the reprobates of the circus, cabaret and theatre world serving out undiluted, 150-proof pleasure each night.
Expect world premieres by our favourite artists, mixed bills by the cabaret scene’s most colourful characters and hearty servings of mouth-wateringly good theatre.
Oh yeah, and it’s all Pay What You Want. Reserve your ticket for free, watch the show, then peel off a few notes or tap your card at the box office. Or, if you know you'll love it, you can just buy a ticket for £15 in advance.

If something’s sold out, no worries – we release all uncollected tickets 15 minutes before the show, so you’ll probably squeeze in. Turn up early, visit the street food bar, try the pre-show punch and soak up the boho vibes.


Ripe & Folie a Deux: Double Bill | by Tilly Lee-Kronick & Gossamer Thread | 17 July, 8pm

Get ready for an evening of absurdist anarchic circus.
‘Ripe’ is a surreal exploration of our attitudes and assumptions towards female performers. Using static trapeze, contemporary dance and spoken word, Ripe unpeels stereotypes wrapped around women’s bodies.

Alex McAleer and Daisy Black combine magic, circus, theatre and sideshow in a double act inspired by traditional vaudeville. ‘Folie à Deux’ invites you to revel in the madness of two as they push their relationship to its limits. Expect dangerous displays of public affection, an eclectic soundtrack and hula hoops. Lots of hula hoops.


London Calling | Curated by Jessica Andrade | 18 July, 8pm

Jessica Andrade presents an evening of defiantly diverse performance. Come for a night of sensational circus shorts, live music, spoken word and undefinable acts to engross and enchant. Celebrating the dynamic characters, creeds and cultures of our capital, this is a night where anything goes (and probably will). Line-up to be announced soon.


Prison Factory Cult Circus |by Lucy Frost | 20 July, 8pm

Four children. Four different lives. Between prison breaks, teen pregnancy and that business with the cult, it’s hard to pinpoint the black sheep of Lucy Frost’s family. This tour-de-force of seldom-seen circus acts - including knife-throwing, lasso and a musical saw - tells the true story of Lucy and her siblings’ formative years in Sheffield challenging nature, nurture and Thatcher.


Filibuster | Tom Gaskin | 26 July 8pm

A man out of time is waiting for happiness to arrive.
He's found a new house, a new life, and a way to escape his past, present and future for as long as possible. Tom Gaskin combines technical brilliance with comic physicality as a suave idiot who fights off loneliness with clowning, juggling and trickery. Think Bertie Wooster meets Buster Keaton in a Vaudevillian fantasy. A world premiere.


Our House | Curated By Vendetta Vain & Sadiq Sadiq | 21 July, 8pm

Evocative and provocative, this contemporary cabaret guarantees to stimulate your senses.
Curated by emerging artists Vee Smith and Sadiq Ali, Our House brings together circus, drag, performance art and dance to create poignant, fierce and uplifting work that reflects our problematic, joyful, disruptive queer selves. Line-up to be announced soon.


Bazazi Brothers’ Big Bash | Curated By Nearly There Yet | 28 July 8pm

Batten down the hatches.
Bazazi Brothers Edward and Kaveh compere a kaleidoscopic closing-night cabaret: a deadly mix of debauchery, circus and sideshow that’ll knock you sideways. Join them for the show, then join them for the after-party. Wear blue and orange for the full immersive experience. Line-up to be announced soon.

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He Ain't Heavy by Oddly Moving

Dates and venues:

Dorchester Arts - Sunday 24 June - Dorchesterarts.org.uk
Rose Theatre Kingston - Wednesday 27 June - rosetheatrekingston.org
Pavilion Theatre Worthing - Saturday 30 June - worthingtheatres.co.uk

He Ain't Heavy by Oddly Moving goes on a short summer tour. In this very touching autobiographical story Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother "Sean" using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction, storytelling and puppetry.

"When people ask me about my brother I usually give them the short answer; he has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism. He Ain't Heavy is the long answer. As Sean cannot go on a national tour due to a love of routine and no concept of theatre, we are going to bring him into the room in other ways." GRANIA PICKARD

“An incredibly poignant and intimate portrayal of sibling love through puppetry and an aerial swing. You have to see Grania in action: she is a highly skilled circus performer, storyteller and connector, lighting up the entire stage.” LucyLovesCircus

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Belly of the Whale – Ockham's Razor

Dates and venues:

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June - Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July - Watford Palace Theatre, Watford
Saturday 8 July - Basingstoke Festival, War Memorial Park
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August - Stockton International Riverside Festival
Thursday 9 August - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Saturday 11 August - The Albany, Deptford
Thurs 16 August - Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, North London
Saturday 26 & Monday 27 August - Lift Off! The opening weekend of Wiltshire Creative – Salisbury
Saturday 8 September - Bell Square, Watermans
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September - Out There International Festival of Street Arts, Great Yarmouth

Ockham's Razor premiere their new out-door touring show Belly Of The Whale.

Circus meets sculpture in this exciting new out-door show from Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide - creating an ever changing land and soundscape.

The concept of the belly of the whale is found in mythology around the world - what happens when we confront our fears and come face to face with the power and momentum of things we seemingly can’t change?

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Underbelly Festival - London Southbank

Dates: 6 April – 30 September

We've been on the Southbank for 10 years this summer and we're celebrating with our biggest programme yet, jam-packed with explosive live entertainment.

Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival Southbank brings the best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment to the heart of London. We've got an amazing line-up of shows in an amazing city-centre, pop-up festival world. You can enjoy international street food, after work drinks in one of London's largest outdoor bars and a true festival atmosphere on the banks of the Thames.

Our shows are short (usually only an hour long), sharp and very sweet. And the vast majority of tickets are under £20 making Underbelly Festival your affordable entertainment destination in London this summer.

Circolombia | 24 May - 14 July
Circolombia returns to the UK after taking Edinburgh by storm with their critically acclaimed show. Witness the explosive power of thirteen performers, showcasing mind-boggling circus skills whilst taking terrifying risks live on stage. Coupled with live music and singers, Circolombia delivers world-class, gravity defying performances that you’ll never forget.

The Very Circusy Caterpillar | 19 May - 1 June
A little bit cheeky, a bit peckish and very circusy! This fun and interactive show sees our ravenous friend take to the stage to juggle plums, hula-hoop fruit and tell a few silly stories that will have your little one in fits of giggles. It’s the perfect show for your child’s first experience of live performance and is sure to induce a little nostalgia for the adults.

SOAP | 3 May - 17 June
Featuring a highly skilled international ensemble, SOAP is a unique combination of world-class acrobatics, comedy and live opera performed in, on and around bathtubs. Bubbling over with mind-boggling circus skills, from aerial straps to foot juggling, dance trapeze to hand balancing, alongside rubber ducks, hilarity and a frothy soundtrack. Jaw dropping, sexy and hilarious, bath time will never be the same again.

Children Are Stinky | 29 May - 17 June
Fresh from a smash hit, Award winning, 5 star, SELL OUT season at the Edinburgh Fringe, Children are Stinky is a show to be seen. Set in the 90s (with all our favourite tracks) this extremely talented duo will astound with their incredible circus skills and laughing till your sides hurt.

Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats | 10 June - 1 July
A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down. Walking the plank becomes the high flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the roue cyr. Amazing acrobatics and hilarious slapstick comedy for the whole family, presented by the incredible Head First Acrobats.

Elixir | 12 - 23 June
Winner - First and Foremost Entertainment Award Brighton Fringe 2015. Elixir is circus with a difference. Uninhibited by cliché or expectation, subversive and hilarious, the story follows three enthusiastic and acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life. The mayhem that follows is a beautiful mix of incredible acrobatics and impeccable comic timing.

James Bustar: Caught in the Act | 23 - 30 June
This frantic, manic, family friendly, energy filled show features an explosive combination of cutting edge juggling, variety, technology and audience involvement. All infused hilariously together by world record holding Australian variety comic James Bustar. Bustar brings the funny to the crowd in ways that are dynamic, ever-changing and explosive.

Circa’s Peepshow - 27 June | 18 August
Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials. Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.

Metta’s Little Mermaid - The Circus Sensation | 24 July - 12 August
Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the award-winning Metta Theatre. The Little Mermaid longs for life on land, the Prince is consumed by the lure of the sea. When a raging storm brings them together the wheels of fate are set in motion. Sacrificing her voice to the powerful Sea Witch, the Little Mermaid and her Prince will face many more obstacles if they are ever to be together.

Black Cat: Bohemia | 22 August - 30 September
Black Cat: Bohemia gets up close and personal with a shadowy band of show-folk, as they transform themselves into the creatures which exist only in the glow of a spotlight. High art is brought low, bravado combines with bravura and the sacred meets the profane in this high skills circus show. Prodigious host Miss Frisky (Frisky & Mannish, La Soirée) is joined by a cast of acrobats, aerialists and cabaret freaks, with a live soundtrack provided by a carnival rock n roll band. A not-to-be-missed evening of spectacular entertainment.

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Lexicon - NoFit State

Dates:
26 May — 9 June, Cardiff Bay

As you take your seats, enter an experience like no other. With jaw-dropping performances from a world-class cast, brilliant live music and spectacular action swirling around you - Lexicon will astonish and amaze you.

“The total theatre experience that British circus has been striving for so long” The Guardian

“Take the kids, they'll thank you for years” British Theatre Guide

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CIRCUS: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Venue: The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD)
Date: Saturday 28 April – Sunday 8 July 2018

The National Centre for Craft & Design and artsNK will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Circus in Britain through a major exhibition of live performances, aerial, film, photography and design.

Pushing the boundaries of design and performing arts; traditional and contemporary, the exhibition will explore circus design including posters, pop culture and costume. A programme of live aerial performances including Performer in Residence Claire Crook, will form a major part of the exhibition uniting static and live exhibits in NCCD's Main Gallery for the first time.

The exhibition will discuss Politics; Women in Circus, Equality and Inclusivity. The impact of Circus on pop-culture will be explored through film, literature and pop acts inspired by Circus over the decades.

A Grand Opening event on Saturday 28 April (10am-5pm) kicks off the spectacle with a street parade, live acts, taster sessions, refreshments and so much more.

The gallery will be transformed into a space dedicated to participative performing arts for the duration of the exhibition.
Exhibitors include:

Becky Truman, Skinning the Cat Costumes
Tina Bicât, Ockham's Razor Costumes
Rhiannon Matthews, NoFitState Costumes
Posters from the Richley Archive
Peter Lavery, Circus Work 1968-2018
Liliana Robins, Sweet (2017) Videography
Claire Crook, Performer in Residence
Rio Willett, Performer in Residence

Price: Free

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Exhibition - Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Circus

Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Dates: 24 March - 3 June

A major exhibition of historic and contemporary art that marks the UK's distinct circus heritage and the contemporary circus scene alive in Bristol today.

Since the 1700s, the circus has become a worldwide phenomenon and a rich source of inspiration for artists. The glitter and dare-devilry has hidden a sometimes harsh, itinerant way of life. Across the centuries, circus has evolved to encompass radical new forms of performance and self-expression.

From historical depictions of familiar circus scenes to contemporary works exploring both the glamour and grit, this exhibition surveys the complex, compelling nature of circus.

This exhibition coincides with Circus250 - a nationwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK.

Opening hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays

Price: £7.95/ £6.75. Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

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Zippos - Cirque Berserk! 2018 tour

Dates and venues:

8 May – 12 May - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
31 May – 2 June - Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
2 June – 4 June - Richmond Theatre, Richmond
7 June – 9 June - King's Theatre, Glasgow
12 June – 16 June - G Live, Guilford
26 June – 1 July - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
26 July – 28 July - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
29 August – 1 September - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.

Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.

Price: from £15

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Imagine Luton – Outdoor Arts Festival, Bedfordshire

Dates: 23 - 24 June 2018

Imagine Luton is an exciting outdoor arts festival bringing the town centre streets to life with amazing circus, dance, theatre and music performances, free for all the family.

This year’s festival will bring all the magic of the circus with our very own Big Top and a host of incredible marvels to take your breath away! Showcasing world-class acts alongside the best of home-grown talent, there is truly something for everyone!
Circus shows include:
The Band - Levantes Dance Theatre
Block – NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse
The Exploded Circus – Mimbre
Strong Lady – Strong Lady Productions

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Summer of Circus Festival 2018

Dates: running from Friday 18 May to Sunday 1 July
Venues: across Worthing Theatres

The Exploded Circus: Mimbre, 18-20 May

8 Songs: Gandini Juggling, Friday 22 June

Garbuix: Gavel Circus, 23-24 June

Block: NoFit State Circus & Motionhouse, 27-28 June

He Ain't Heavy: Grania Pickard, 30 June

The Giant Balloon Show, 1 July

Summer of Circus is back in Worthing for the third year running, and this year is particularly special as it marks 250 years of Circus. Join us for the best contemporary circus festival running from Friday 18 May to Sunday 1 July, on the South Coast.

Expect:
Stunning acrobats, beautiful aerial work, breathtaking flying trapeze, world-class juggling, engaging storytelling with a mix of dance, devised theatre and more. Perfect for contemporary arts enthusiasts and family entertainment.

#SoC18

Price: *Early Bird Offer – £10 tickets for any of our Circus shows ends, midnight 28 February.

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Tipping Point – Ockhams Razor

Venue and dates:
Seachange Arts, Great Yarmouth - Saturday 9 June

Tipping Point premiered at The London International Mime Festival, had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival where it won the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus and was at The Sydney Festival 2017.

Ockham's Razor mix circus, physical theatre, narrative story-telling and distorted perspectives with original music scores. In Tipping Point five-metre metal poles are hung from the roof, balanced on fingertips, climbed, swung from and walked along as the five performers transform them into into a myriad of walkways, spindles, pillars and pendulums, with a multi-layered surround sound musical landscape, specially composed by Adem Ilhan & Quinta who have previously worked with Radiohead, Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes.

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Circa Tsuica - Now or Never

Dates and venues:

21-23 June - Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
28-30 June – Oxford
6-8 July – Poole
30, 31 July and 1 August – Salford
13-15 September – Bangor
29-30 September - Derby

Under a star studded big top a vibrant band of international acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle, Now or Never.

In this haven of fun, eleven musician-acrobats invite young and old to leave their differences at the door, to dream and simply enjoy being together.

Join in the feast as trapeze artists, trick cyclists, acrobats and musicians mingle, make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. And then watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass.

Crazy, colourful and chaotic, Now or Never is an unmissable celebration in park near you. An unforgettable experience to share with family and friends!

Circa Tsuica (http://cheptelaleikoum.com/) is the musical offspring of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a French company known for their innovative and inclusive circus shows.

The members of Cheptel (or ‘livestock’ in English) met over 10 years ago when they were studying at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. When they are not touring the world, they live together as a community in Saint Agil, a small village in the west of France.

Their name alone is enough to give you an idea of what they’re aiming for: tsuïca is Romanian for brandy, like the party spirit that inhabits their creations. Fusing amazing skills and live music, they create a playground where humour meets jaw-dropping acrobatic tricks. Previously they have toured Europe with Opus 2, Fanfarerie Nationale and Opus 7.

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Race Horse Company - Motosikai

Dates:
22-24 June - Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, London
4-5 August – Stockton International Riverside Festival

Motosikai (moto-seek-eye) is a unique, outdoor show performed around a transit van by Race Horse Company, the renowned Finnish circus artists with a reputation for madcap brilliance. Three daredevil acrobats appear and disappear from the van to perform increasingly absurd and reckless tricks. With great skill and humour they fly off a huge seesaw, tumble with giant bouncing balls, juggle on skis, pogo, throw weights and push themselves to their physical limits. With its boyish clowning, exuberance and daring, Motosikai is a fun street stunt show that leaves its audiences exhilarated.

Price: TBC

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Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Date: 27 June - 2 July

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. Founded in 1996, GDIF 2017 featured over 300 performances by dozens of national and international companies with more than 100,000 people attending shows in a range of public spaces in Royal Greenwich and East London. It is the flagship annual event produced by FESTIVAL.ORG, one of the UK’s most ambitious and prolific outdoor arts organisations which also produces the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival and manages the Global Streets network amongst other projects.

See circus at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival:

Undaunted - The Bullzini Family
Date: 22 June 2018
Marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act – which gave some women in the UK the vote for the first time – the UK’s only female high wire walker performs a high-wire walk on a free-standing scaffold positioned between the iconic twin domes of the Old Royal Naval College.
Paying tribute to the courage of all those who campaigned for equality over many decades, this spectacular feat acknowledges the fragility of the status quo and serves as a rallying call to the generations of women still to come.

dip - Max Calaf Sevé
Date: 22 – 24 June2018
Combining highly skilled trampoline acrobatics and live brass, electronic and percussion music; a creation for all ages. Expect light-hearted, breath-taking, air-twists and funky tunes with a good dose of humour.

La Belle Escabelle - Doble Mandoble
Date: 23 - 24 June 2018
This delightfully silly performance by twin brothers Luis and Miguel Córdoba demonstrates the surprising number of ludicrous things a human can do with stepladders. This circus show, winner of the ‘Most Gobsmacking Moment’ at BE Festival in 2013, is full of humour and great fun for the whole family. Not to be tried at home!

Belly of the Whale - Ockham’s Razor
Date: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June 2018
Circus meets sculpture in the first outdoor show created by critically acclaimed company Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre Award for Circus at Edinburgh Festival in 2016. The performers ride a giant semi-circular see-saw of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a rocking cradle, or a tunnel to a slide.

PLOCK! – Grensgeval
Date: 23 - 24 June 2018
Camiel splashes, throws, drips and pours paint onto a canvas in his attempt to create a painting in the style of Jackson Pollock. This colourful, acrobatic performance appeals to all the senses. Overalls provided for those in the front row!

RoboPole - UliK Robotik
Date: 23 - 24 June 2018
RoboPole, a dramatic duet between a man and a robot, is a powerful, visual performance that has to be seen to be believed. Watch on in awe as performer Martin Riedel climbs up, hangs off and slides down a rotating, moving robotic pole.

Gibbon - Gandini Juggling
Date: 30 June 2018
This high-energy performance celebrates self-awareness and human behaviour, with a sense of humour and a hint of absurdity, through the spectacular medium of choreographed juggling. Surreal and playful, this production mixes different styles of dance with juggling; an absolute delight for audiences of all ages.

This Is Not For You - Graeae Theatre Company
Date: 30 June - 1 July 2018
Graeae Theatre Company’s epic outdoor production pays moving tribute to Britain’s wounded war veterans and their fight for respect and remembrance. Told with heft, beauty and wry humour, both on the ground and off it, the production has audio description and sign language as integral parts of the production.

This Is Not For You is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Graeae, with the National Centre for Circus Arts, has trained 25 disabled veterans in aerial performance especially for the piece, which is directed by Jenny Sealey.

‘You go past the Cenotaph and the crowd clap you. It’s quite moving. We were waving to the crowd, and this little boy said: “This is not for you survivors. This is for the dead.” It made me feel guilty.’ – A veteran describing his experiences on Remembrance Sunday.

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Gandini Juggling - Cascade

Dates: 4-5 August
Venue: Somerset House

Gandini Juggling are trailblazers in their field, fusing contemporary dance and circus in performances that delight and astound. For over two decades they have performed across the globe transforming juggling into a rich and distinctive art-form in its own right. This summer they will bring their exceptional skills to the 55 water jet fountain of the courtyard at Somerset House. Performing within the rise and fall of the water, the 30 jugglers will send balls large and small flying to the rousing sound of brass music played by French acrobat-musicians, Circa Tsuica. As the Gandinis weave patterns in the air, the constant flow of movement and sound will be mesmerising.

Cascade is an unmissable, free, outdoor celebration of life, music and beauty.

Price: Free

As part of Circus Sampler - two free weekends of distinctive contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music.

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Braw Circus Festival - Glasgow

Venue: Platform, Glasgow
Dates: 7 - 8 September 2018

Aerial Edge, along with some of Scotland’s favourite circus companies, will be collaborating to create Braw Circus Festival.

This will be a new Scottish Contemporary Circus Festival which will happen over 2 days at Platform in Glasgow on 7th & 8th September 2018. After lots of hard work and collaborative input we have been successful in our application for support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund. What better year to kick-start a new festival for circus in Scotland than 2018, the year of Circus250.

We’ll be celebrating the best of Scottish Contemporary Circus with exciting shows from Scottish circus artists and companies, community workshops, sharing of work in progress from Scotland’s emerging circus artists and hosting industry conversations about the future of contemporary circus in Scotland.

We’ll be making more announcements over the coming months about the festival programme so keep your eyes peeled for more info.

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