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Circus performances in the UK

This list includes details of circus performances taking place in the UK. All details are correct at the time of publication but please do check with individual venues to confirm. Show blurbs are taken directly from publicity material and are not written by the National Centre.

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

A Simple Space - Gravity & Other Myths

5 April - 5 May
Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London

Seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve; this performance is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported by driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment.

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Chores - Hoopla Clique & Cluster Arts

Sun 28 April, 12pm & 3pm
Jacksons Lane, Highgate

Two brothers, playing around in their messy bedroom, hear Mum approaching. The excitable rascals will have to hustle to get their chores done so they can have some fun… A generous serving of riotous comedy, chaotic acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, huge flips and many more incredible amazing skills feature in this action-packed attempt to tidy a room. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the side-splitting duo of Chores will leave audiences on the edge of their seats, giggling until the chores are done.

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Little Top - Starcatchers & SUPERFAN

30 April - 1 June
Scottish Tour

Welcome to Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months and their adults.

At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality, and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance which includes spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling.

Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible.

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The Brownie Club - Jessica Andrade

1 - 4 May
Jacksons Lane, Highgate

A show about race, identity and fitting in.

Where are you from?
How did you get here?
Do you like spicy food?

The Brownie Club explores the experiences of women of colour as they choose when, where and how to respond to racism. Combining striking aerial circus with physical theatre and spoken word, it takes a joyful, honest and candid look at the assumptions made about people of colour, and asks: What happens when we begin with a different set of questions?

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Knot - Nikki & JD

Salisbury Arts Centre
May 2

The Marlowe, Canterbury
May 16

Arts Depot, North Finchley
May 23

Dance City, Newcastle
June 6

Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circusand dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice: How can we be honest withourselves without hurting those we love? Knot is a finely crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment.

Created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company, Knot is a very modern affair told with delicate sensitivity through breath-taking acrobatics and heart wrenching dance.

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Shift - Barely Methodical Troupe

Shoreditch Town Hall, London
7 May - 18 May

The Old Market, Brighton
28 May - 2 June

SHIFT Explores shifting perceptions and realities through power based acrobatics mixing show-stopping circus tricks with the emotional punch of theatre.

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This Time - Ockham's Razor

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
10 - 11 May

Dance City, Newcastle
23 - 26 May

The Lowry, Salford
13 - 15 June

Edinburgh Festival (Venue TBC)
August 2019

With a cast ranging in age from 13 to 60 This Time looks at perceptions of strength and ability: how we are strong in different ways at different times in our lives. It is a show about transformation, about what changes within us and what remains. And it is a show about bearings - about looking up and seeing where we are, the power of that awareness and whether we can use it to help each other.

Featuring a series of aerial frames which are raised from floor to ceiling the four performers lift, push and cradle each other through a world of windows, thresholds and ledges. Bodies are suspended high in the air and swung close to the ground in an innovative new take on doubles trapeze.

This Time uses the imagery of circus to create genuine theatre; ground-breaking design alongside compelling stories.

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Transit - Flip Fabrique

27 May - 7 July
Underbelly Festival, London

Transit is about the life of a troupe; the ups and downs of touring, about friendship and the fun of being together and sharing experiences.

Transit is also about how life is changing and evolving, and how one of these days, the circus will be nothing more than a series of experiences that will have shaped us, and memories that will remain with us forever. So for tonight, we are behaving as if it’s our last show together. A new dynamism is released, the zest of the moment.

Tonight we are sharing this energy with you. When there is no tomorrow, we are no longer afraid; there’s no more uncertainties and misgivings! In a show, everything is possible! So we dare to dream; we plunge head first into the present, trusting everything to chance, everything, every single thing!!

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TORUK - Cirque du Soleil

20 - 23 June
Manchester Arena

26 - 30 June
02 Arena, London

Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, Cirque du Soleil’s uniquely different touring show TORUK – The First Flight will make its UK debut.

With creative input from James Cameron and experts from the movie’s production, TORUK – The First Flight is unlike any other Cirque du Soleil experience. With the brilliance of the Cirque du Soleil performers whose athleticism and acrobatics bring to life the Na’vi, the show is a visual effects spectacular where the world of Pandora is depicted through impressive multimedia projections, massive set-pieces and the largest collection of puppetry in Cirque du Soleil history creating a narrative driven official prequel to AVATAR.

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HALKA - Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger

The Lowry, Salford
6 July

Lighthouse, Poole
9 July

Southbank Centre, London
11 July

In Halka, the 14 young acrobats and musicians create an energetic spectacle which hums with the sights and sounds of Moroccan street life. Acrobatic tricks and stirring music mix the world of old traditions, with exuberant parties and modern, visual humour to paint a vivid picture of life in the Maghreb today. By turns the stage is transformed into a crowded public square, the middle of the desert, a magical night-time dance and by a crier calling the faithful to prayer.

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As a Tiger in the Jungle

Ffrwnes, Theatrau Sir Gar, Llanelli
16 April

The Riverfront, Newport
(3rd May relaxed performance with BSL and Audio description)
2/3 May

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
12 May

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
8/9 June

Galeri, Caernarfon
15 June

Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
20/22 June

Three performers from Nepal ask questions about life, love, poverty and
greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the
story of how against all odds they survived their childhood and created
their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming
performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflexion.

Produced through an International partnership between artistic directors
from nofitstate ( Wales) and Cirkus Xanti (Norway). As a Tiger in the Jungle
will be a unique theatrical circus experience!

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