Three incredible jugglers share their obsession with throwing and catching through theatre, comedy and unbelievable circus skills. Funny, geeky and super smart, Beta Testing lifts the lid on life as a juggler. Ever wondered what goes into being a professional performer, marvelled at how tricks are learnt or wanted an insight into life on the road? Part Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, part Bang Goes The Theory, part TED-talk, part Monty Python sketch-show, Beta Testing is a fascinating and hilarious insight into things you never knew you didn’t know.
Discover the wonder behind juggling as these incredible performers show you skills that’ll make your mind boggle. It’s juggling, but not as you know it. Beta Testing began life when Arron Sparks invited two fellow Circus Geeks and childhood friends, Jon Udry and Matt Pang, to devise a show with him based on some of their blog’s most popular posts. The performers speak directly to the audience about life as jugglers in this fascinating new take on circus, combining technology with live performance.
Developed in partnership with Roundhouse, National Centre for Circus Arts and Jacksons Lane, La Breche and SeaChange Arts, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Produced in association with The Production
Beta Testing will be touring the UK before landing in London as part of Udderbelly Festival which runs from 9th April – 19th July 2015. Now in its 7th year, Udderbelly’s iconic upside-down purple cow brings a splash of colour and a bellyful of comedy, circus and family shows to the South Bank. With incredible entertainment, organic street food and a full bar menu, Udderbelly’s pasture is the perfect place for the whole family to laze and graze this summer.
Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, Directors of Underbelly, say we can scarcely believe that this will be Udderbelly’s 7th year at Southbank Centre and our 4th year with London Wonderground. We created these festivals with the very clear ambition of wanting to give Londoners an affordable and eclectic mix of fabulous live entertainment but within a true festival environment in the very heart of London. We’re very excited about this year’s festivals and can’t wait to get the Cow’s legs up in the air and the mirrors polished on that Spiegeltent again.
Circus Geeks: Beta Testing
Performance Dates Tuesday 26th May – Sunday 21st June
Tuesday to Friday, 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2.30pm
Running time 60 minutes
Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Thursday 7th May 2015