The Exploded Circus

About This Project

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.


The Exploded Circus was produced in 2018 to coincide with the 250 anniversary of circus. It premiered at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing on the 18th of May 2018 and is available to tour.


The Exploded Circus tours with a purpose-made, self-standing rig integrated into the design. This means the performance can tour to venues who don’t normally have the capability for circus rigging, as well as non-conventional performance spaces (town halls, old markets, warehouse spaces).


For more information on The Exploded Circus including access information, cast and creative team, images and more please visit this dedicated website


The audience said:

Truely spectacular. I smiled, grinned, laughed, from start to finish. And had a surprise tear at the end. Beautiful.’

‘Highly talented, awe-inspiring circus chaos! Loved every minute!’

‘Better than any circus I’ve ever seen. Really inspired our children. Thank you!’

‘Spectacular array of circus skills with a brilliant musical score and a wonderfully uplifting message – an absolute visual feast.’

‘Wonderful acrobatics, completely inclusive, beautiful story, great characters, accessible to all and good for all generations. We loved it, thank you.’

‘It was totally amazing and transported me to another place, I had no idea what time it was at all when we left the theatre. The only thing I wanted to do apart from watching the show again was learn to perform on the silks!’


Creative Team
Director | Lina Johansson
Production designer | Loren Elstein
Composer | Quinta
Lighting designer | Amy Mae
Aerial choreography consultant | Mélissa Colello

Rigging Designer | Ruzhin Babaei

Technical Stage Manager | Jules Millard

Re-lighter/Operator | Gareth Weaver


Trick bike, slack rope | Alice Allart
Aerial hoop, physical theatre | Farrell Cox
Corde lisse, aerial harness, physical theatre | Coral Dawson
Acrobatics, slack rope, Chinese hoop | Arielle Lauzon
Silks, trapeze, rope | Rebecca Rennison
Juggling, object manipulation | Lynn Scott


Photo Credits: Eric Richmond, IneptgravityJamie Currey


The Exploded Circus is supported by Arts Council England, the Foyle FoundationPRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and Circus 250.


If you are interested in booking The Exploded Circus, please contact Lissy.


  • Roy Livingstone
    Posted at 10:14h, 27 May Reply

    Saw the show at Curve Leicester yesterday and was blown away! It was absolutely brilliant – the concept, the lighting and the overall production were outstanding and the performers were brilliant – warm and engaging as well as hugely talented.. Definitely 10 out of 10. Congratulations to all concerned for such a superb show. Please come back to Leicester again!

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