Regardless of what #TigerDouglas may have to say, both funded and commercial circus arts are thriving and giving us cause for joy this month.
The third incarnation of NoFit State Circus‘ big top promenade show Bianco is in Cardiff for their only British stand of the year between 12-27th, and Wales also sees tours from more traditional outfits Circus Mondao and Circus Zyair in June.
Gifford’s Circus are coming to Chiswick House with their vintage tent and wagons from 11-24th, and other tenting shows can be found around the country, with a handy click-through guide here. Circus Ferrel will be at the Welborne Festival on 13-14th, and that is just the start of the festival frenzy.
Glastonbury (24-28th) may be circus central, but for those who don’t have tickets, there’s always the free Greenwich + Docklands Festival which runs from 26th-4th July, with its Greenwich Fair weekend of ‘European style’ street theatre entertainments (27-28th) that includes Gandini Juggling and Stefano di Renzo.
City of London Festival, running from the 22nd into mid-July, also includes a healthy dose of circus in its line-up. You want me to drop names? Circus Geeks; Betty Brawn; Ockham’s Razor; Pif-Paf; Scarabeus… need I go on?
Jacksons Lane have partnered up with the local Highgate Fair In The Square for a day-long festival on 13th and, back in the building, will be launching a new commission from the UKs own Silver Lining with Throwback, which opens on the 30th.
In other fixed venue news: after its previews, the new immersive Circumference show Shelter Me opens fully at Theatre Delicatessen on the 4th, and Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre sees the return of 7 Doigts de la Main with world famous Traces from the 9th.
Lest we forget, we also have the continuation of Beta Testing from Circus Geeks at the Udderbelly until the 21st, with the award winning Bromance boys of Barely Methodical Troupe taking over on the 24th. Also down at the South Bank, in the Wonderground Spiegeltent, is the continuing whisky and jazz infused Scotch&Soda.
Try telling us that arts funding doesn’t produce some darn good stuff.