Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.
Blending contemporary cirque skills with thrilling stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, daredevil stuntmen and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.
The show also features the world’s most dangerous circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’. Don’t miss it!
UK Tour 2017
|19 - 21 Aug||Heerlen
Parkstad Limburg Theaters
★★★★★ “Great for kids and even better for adults!”
★★★★ “Heart-stoppingly good fun”
“Adrenaline pumping entertainment!”
“Leaves one breathless with excitement”
★★★★★ “An array of acts that outdo each other in the thrill stakes...
pitched perfectly between being a traditional circus experience and a theatrical production - this is a show not to be missed!”
Manchester Evening News
★★★★ “Fast-paced circus-with-a-difference - a veritable feast for the eyes and ears!”
★★★★ "A full-tilt thrill ride that almost literally sets the stage alight... Cirque Berserk's artistes care nothing for the slick safety and banal twirlings of much current circus... How your breath? At times I felt myself turning blue"
"Happily repackages different elements of the new circus movement to go into conventional theatre spaces. The acts are drawn from a palette of highly skilled and sometimes idiosyncratic performers... Plenty of thrills to be had here!"
British Theatre Guide
"Two hours of almost constant action, of which you don't want to miss a moment"
★★★★ "A NutriBullet of contemporary circus! Properly thrilling... your eyes will be fixed on the stage"
The Big Top may have been replaced by a theatre but the spirit of circus is still alive with Cirque Berserk. The show is gloriously, death-defyingly, magnificently, LUDICROUSLY FANTASTIC. It is also one the whole family will enjoy. Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town... just remember to breathe."
"Had me genuinely laughing out loud and marvelling... the two hours flies by and there's not a child hankering for their Nintendo in sight. Fun for all the family - just don't stand too close!"
British Theatre Guide
"Two hours of almost constant action, of which you don't want to miss a moment."
★★★★ "Bringing the raw thrills, danger, exhilaration and sometimes beauty from the Big Top to a West End theatre."
★★★★★ "Noise, colour and excitement are the three essential ingredients for a successful circus, and in the case of Cirque Berserk they are here in abundance...an evening which really is worth every penny."
Birmingham Express and Star
"The greatest show on earth - this is unlike any other circus I've ever experienced. It's a West End style show that combines all the wonderment of traditional circus and brings it to us in a much more glamorous and comfortable way."
"Traditional, family minded British circus that prides itself on its authenticity... still performed by real circus families, some sixth generation. Eye popping acrobatic feats defying the laws of physics."
"Guaranteed to get your motor running...whips up an adrenaline-rush of energy...plenty of highlights studded through the hectic cavalcade of acts."
"The acts are superlative...
There are no duff linking sections or, worse, the woeful moral fables of Cirque du Soleil...
simply watch and marvel!"
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
The Lucius Team
The astonishing Lucius Team presents a petrol-fuelled hair-raiser: The motorcycle Globe of Death - live on stage for the first time in the UK. Hold your breath and raise the roof as up to 4 bikers ride upside down in the globe at speeds of up to 60mph. The louder you cheer, the faster they go!
A comedy and slapstick legend! No matter what he does, Tweedy seems to get into a mess, but to the delight of audiences of all ages he can always find a creative way to get out of it.
Taking acrobatic art from the streets of Africa to a whole new level, The Timbuktu Tumblers present an incredible display of pyramids, jumping through hoops and flaming limbo poles, set to blow you away with their energy and skill.
Most famously used by the gauchos (Argentinian cowboys), Gabriel and Germaine make the tradition throwing weapons “bolas” their own in a dangerous display of daring and talent. Do not try this at home!
With the ability to shoot an arrow with perfect aim with her feet whilst standing on her hands, this “Lady from the Bottle”, straight from Mongolia, is the most flexible archer you will ever encounter!
This outstanding troupe all the way from Cuba catapult themselves high into the air as they perform a range of incredible tricks from flick flacks to somersaults!
“The higher the better” is the motto of strap acrobat Jackie from the United Kingdom, who performs hair-raising tricks mid-air to the astonishment of audiences.
Germaine from France is one of the most skilled foot jugglers of our time, able to throw and catch balls, rings, cubes and even flaming objects with her feet!
Nothing will prepare you for the speed with which the Czech knife thrower Toni hurls knifes and axes towards the board, without so much as a graze to the skin of his brave assistant....we hope!
Zula is a Mongolian master of the Tower of Chairs; one of the oldest thrill acts in the world. Despite its age, the stunt has lost nothing of its thrilling quality.
High above the stage, Laci demonstrates his amazing skill, strength and artistry in this rarely-performed aerial pole act.
Jose and Gaby
Extraordinary strength, agility and balance from Colombia’s internationally acclaimed
Berserk Dancers and Aerial Ballet
The high-kicking, high-energy Hungarian Cirque Berserk dance ensemble and aerial ballet will delight you throughout the show.
Our giant, fire breathing robot is a favourite with audiences, that needs to be seen to be believed!
|Cirque Berserk Founder and Producer||Martin 'Zippo' Burton||
Martin came to fame as Zippo the Clown and as the man who started the famous and much-loved Zippo’s Circus, which he still runs – but he never intended to spend his life under the big top. ‘I’m the archetypal “ran away and joined the circus” guy’, he says. ‘I worked in a mime act in various theatres in a show whose star was David Bowie. I promised my mum and dad that I’d get it out of my system and then go back home. I was 19 years old at that time; now, 40 years later, I’m still in the circus!’
As founder and director of Zippo’s Circus, you’d imagine Martin might want to rest on his laurels. Perhaps the restlessness that led him into the circus in the first place has become the driving force that now makes him steer parallel paths as the man behind that original traditional-style show and now also the contemporary ‘made-for-theatre’ Cirque Berserk that’s become such a sensation across Britain.
‘I spend a lot of my time travelling, searching for performers like these’, he says. ‘They’re the best in the business. It’s hard work, but it’s a dream job. It’s a lovely, amazing show. The performers are super-human, they often do two shows a day and then, when they’re not performing, you’ll find them training.
‘What the Cirque Berserk team have created together is real circus made for theatre,’ says Martin. ‘It’s put together in a very contemporary, very 21st-century way. The lighting, music, the costumes are entirely different from what you’re used to.
‘We do this, the performers, the creatives, myself, because all of us are Berserkus!’
|Head of Brand Development||Beau Denning|
|Creative Director||Julius Green||
Julius has produced over 250 plays and musicals in the UK and around the world, including several in London’s West End. His work as a director includes numerous pantomimes; notably Cinderella, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal Windsor and Cinderella at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo. He directed the award-winning Circus Burlesque and has been Creative Director of Cirque Berserk since 2014, including four nationwide theatre tours and the 2015 and 2016 Big Top seasons at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. He is a director of the Academy of Circus Arts (the UK’s only circus school to tour the country in a Big Top!) and a Fellow of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London. His book How to Produce a West End Show was published by Oberon in 2012.
Dede was resident choreographer on the European L’Oreal styling awards and Miss World and has also choreographed numerous pop videos and fashion shows. Theatre Credits include: Bugsy Malone, The Rocky Horror Show, Grease, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Hairspray, Little Shop Of Horrors, Once a Catholic, Cinderella (Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo) and twelve pantomimes for Bill Kenwright Ltd. Dede also teaches musical theatre workshops at several theatre schools, including Italia Conti and the London Studio Centre.
|Set Design||Sean Cavanagh||
Sean Trained under Ralph Koltai at the Central School of Art and Design and then at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is a long standing Artistic Associate and director of the York based Riding Lights Theatre Company.
Sean’s first professional design work was Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters for the York Theatre Royal in 1973. Since then his extensive career of over 500 productions, both in the UK and abroad, has included major US and European tours of The Rat Pack – live from Las Vegas, The Opera Show and Dancing in the Streets, the world premiere (in Singapore) of Judah Ben Hur – the Musical, Pickwick for the Hungarian National Theatre, Edward III for the Taormina Festival, David Oyelowo’s production of The White Devil and major community theatre projects such as the Chester Cycle of Mystery Plays and the acclaimed 2012 production of The York Mystery Plays. Other designs have included the UK premieres of Shishir Kurup’s Merchant of Vembley and Bram Stoker’s The Mummy; the musicals The Little Shop of Horrors, Crazy for You, Luv Esther and The Prodigals; multimedia events such as The Rock in San Francisco and Rock Me Amadeus in Vienna, and Who Do You Say I Am? for the BBC. Major UK tours have included M. Butterfly, Outside Edge, The Sound of Fury, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Winter’s Tale, Salaam Bethlehem, African Snow (commissioned to celebrate the Bicentennial of the 1807 Act to Abolish the Trade in Slaves), Origins and Lemons, Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic Feat, Visiting Mr. Green, Dancing in the Streets, The Handyman, the children’s show Igam Ogam and the ecology satire Baked Alaska.
Current UK tours include the hit musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Rat Pack – live from Las Vegas. Forthcoming projects include Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Bangkok and The Trial of Jane Fonda in London.
West End credits include The Tempest, The Mikado, The Aspern Papers, Sherlock Holmes – The Musical, Of Mice and Men, Treasure Island, When Did You Last See Your Trousers?, Never the Sinner, The Miracle Worker, In Praise of Love, The Roy Orbison Story, Stepping Out – The Musical, The Fire Raisers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas, Dancing in the Streets, African Snow, Visiting Mr Green and most recently Dreamboats and Petticoats.
|Lighting Design||Mike Robertson||
A Guildhall graduate and an Olivier Award winner, Mike’s work takes him all over the world designing lighting for plays, musicals, operas and concerts, together with events, architecture and special projects. His UK theatre work includes numerous productions in the West End, on tour and in regional rep. His lighting has also appeared in France, Monaco, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, Macau, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cuba and the USA. Recent theatre work includes classics When We Were Women, Great Expectations and Toast and new plays The Odyssey – Missing Presumed Dead, Go See, Propaganda Swing and the European Premier of The Perfect Life in the latest Norwegian Arts Complex Kilden.
Other theatre work includes; an Olivier Award for Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndhams Theatre) and a What’s On Stage Design award nominee for On The Waterfront (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Recent credits include The Odyssey (Everyman/Tour) Gods & Monsters (Southwark); Fascinating Aida (London and Tours), Art & Det Perfekte Liv (Norway), Rent (Bridewell), The Witches, Great Expectations and James and the Giant Peach (Dundee Rep); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well (Charing Cross); Go See (Kings Head); Propaganda Swing (Nottingham/Coventry), Toast (Park/Tour/Broadway), Joe Stilgoe, Songs On Film (Edinburgh), Songs For A New World (Guildford), 1001 Nights (Saudi Arabia), The Dead Wait (Park Theatre), Keeler (Charing Cross Theatre), Piano Piano (Cottiers), Hairspray (Kuala Lumpur/Singapore), Volcano (Vaudeville Theatre and UK Tour), Funny Peculiar (UK Tour), Dry Rot (UK Tour), The Billie Holiday Story (Charing Cross Theatre), Parade (Old Vic Tunnels), Gibraltar (Arcola Theatre), Fragile (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre), The Father (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Murder on the Nile (UK Tour), Verdict (UK Tour), Larkrise to Candleford (UK Tour), Riccardo Primo (Royal College of Music), The Producers (Arts Ed), Six Actors in Search of a Director (Charing Cross Theatre, Directed by Steven Berkoff), Death & Gardening (UK Tour, Edinburgh Festival), Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival), Third Floor (Trafalgar Studios), Company (Southwark Playhouse), Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cabaret (Wilton’s Music Hall), Guys & Dolls (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Educating Rita (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Wolfboy (George Square Theatre, Edinburgh), New Boy (Trafalgar Studios), Hair (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Too Close to the Sun (Comedy Theatre), My Fair Lady (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Anything Goes (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Five Guys Named Moe (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Sunday in the Park With George (Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndhams Theatre), Othello (Birmingham Stage Company), Sit and Shiver directed by Steven Berkoff (Hackney Empire), Deathtrap (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Seesaw (Arts Ed), The Spring Proms (Royal Albert Hall), The Glee Club (Bolton Octagon and Cochrane Theatre) and The Wood Demon (Playhouse Theatre).
|Sound Design||Matthew Bugg||
Matthew is Artistic Director of Mr Bugg Presents, whose production of the hit musical Miss Nightingale is currently on its fourth UK tour. Sound design work includes: The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Volcano, Our Man in Havana (West End and Tour) The Handyman; Alarms and Excursions; Star Quality; Verdict; Lark Rise to Candleford; Quartet; The Hound of the Baskervilles; My Brilliant Divorce; Northanger Abbey; Jamaica Inn, Three Men In A Boat (UK No 1 Tours) And Then There Were None, Black Coffee, Go Back For Murder, Murder on the Nile, Verdict (Bill Kenwright’s Agatha Christie Theatre Company); The Father (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); The League of Youth; All Quiet on the Western Front; To Reach the Clouds; Because It’s There; The Mill on the Floss; Wonderful Tennessee; Polygraph (Nottingham Playhouse); The Invention of Love; Barbarians; Secret Rapture (Salisbury Playhouse); Vanity Fair (Northcott, Exeter); Northanger Abbey; Amadeus (Theatre Royal York); And Then The Dark, A Family Affair; Double Indemnity; The Glass Menagerie (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Rumpelstiltskin; Great Expectations; Duck! (Unicorn Theatre); A Perfect Ganesh; The True Life Fiction of Mata Hari (Palace, Watford); Richard III; Don Juan on Trial; The Provok’d Wife; Uncle Vanya (Mercury theatre, Colchester); The Canterbury Tales, The Government Inspector, She Stoops To Conquer (Northern Broadsides UK Tour); The Firebird (Bolton, Octagon); Little Wolf’s Book of Badness (Hampstead) The Impostor (Plymouth Theatre Royal). Matthew trained as a dancer and performed the role of Ariel in The Tempest for Nottingham Playhouse.
|Costume Design||Dianne Kelly||
Most recently Dianne has created costumes for Cinderella at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Sinatra at the London Palladium, McQueen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Rhapsody for the Royal Ballet, Norma for the Royal Opera and The War of the Worlds at the Dominion Theatre, as well as four productions for Cirque Berserk. She has a twenty-year association with Watts and Company of Westminster, for whom she has created clerical outfits for churches and cathedrals throughout the country. Dianne studied scenic art under Dame Leslie Woolnough at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as a scenic artist for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Opera House, the Old Vic, the Almeida Theatre, the Theatre Royal Bath, the Ant and Dec tour and numerous pantomimes and West End plays and musicals. Film work includes Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. Dianne has also created interior designs for numerous domestic and commercial properties, including the Charing Cross Theatre Restaurant and Bar, and has taught scenic art at Guildhall, Rose Bruford College, The Brit School, GSA and Mountview.
|Inspirational PR||Julia Knight, Freerange Communications|