Circus thrills come to town

Franco-Italian act BettiCombo bring 'sweet slapstick' to the stage

Franco-Italian act BettiCombo bring 'sweet slapstick' to the stage

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Circus and comedy combine in Circus Mayhem, an absurd variety show for audiences of all ages which is coming to Luton next week.

Presented by Circus Evolution, the team behind last year’s smash hit, Bromance, the show aims to bring festival feel to the theatre experience

Circus Mayhem sees three contrasting artists come together for a fun, freewheeling evening - cycling pianist Rimski, puppeteer and quick-fire painter Jon Hicks and sweet slapstick trio Company BettiCombo.

First up is Rimski, the back-pedalling, side-winding pianist, who will regale audiences in the foyer before the show and in the interval. Playing and singing as he rides, Rimski dazzles with his flawless finger work, original songs, clowning, acrobatics and the occasional firework. Joining him as a special guest in Luton is Miranda La Mutanta and her Penny Farthing.

Over on the main stage is Jon Hicks who has been enthralling audiences with his high-skill repertoire of artistic oddities since 2000.

For the finale, sweet slapstick trio company BettiCombo from France and Italy tell an engaging tale of triumphs and defeats. They burst on to the stage to create an endless playground game, building precarious pyramids, towers and columns from countless white buckets and a towering Chinese pole.

And if Circus Mayhem inspires people to have a go themselves, they can head over to Aerial Arts Luton at http://aerialartsluton.com/.

Adult tickets for Circus Mayhem cost £10 and can be bought at www.thehatfactory.org or from the box office on 01582 878100.