The Homecoming 2019 is a celebration of circus in Newcastle, the birthplace of the founder of the modern circus, Philip Astley.
The Homecoming brings the magic of contemporary circus into the heart of Newcastle town centre in a thrilling day of acrobatics, theatre performance, juggling, comedy and more. It’s delivered by Newcastle BID in association with arts programme Appetite and is supported by Newcastle Borough Council.
Last year’s event won a national award for putting the town on the map during the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the modern circus.
Newcastle BID has secured substantial Arts Council funding to ensure The Homecoming is in Newcastle in 2019 and 2010.
Here’s a look at last year’s magnificent event…
The Homecoming ’19 Lineup
Blazing Saddles by The Bicycle Ballet Co.
11:05am & 2pm
Starting: High St
Catch the finale: Ironmarket
A joyful, roving, outdoor dance performance that unfolds in a series of sequences around the town, Blazing Saddles celebrates a step change moment for women in the 1890s when bicycles became available for the very first time and women seized their new-found freedom.
With clowning, costume, cycling and cake, Blazing Saddles tells the story of a group of women caught up in the thrill of independence.
Sensory Circus by Spinsonic
11am – 5pm
Red Lion Sq
Spinsonic Circus is proud to present Sensory Circus at Homecoming ‘19!
Reckon you could be a circus star? Join them for an afternoon of inclusive circus skills for all ages and abilities.
Have a go at hula hoop, juggling, diablo, plate spinning, starter stilts, poi spinning, balance beam, flower sticks and more.
Disability, dementia and ASD friendly, you can have a quiet moment in the Sensory Chill Out tent too with circus play tents, tunnels, blankets, books and sensory toys.
Join in the fun and see if you can run away with the circus.
Gibbon by Patfield & Triguero
Co-produced by Gandini Juggling
1pm & 3:50pm
Devastatingly slick and wonderfully thought provoking, this is contemporary juggling not to miss.
Breakout juggling stars Chris Patfield and José Triguero present Gibbon, a hilarious and surreal show mixing up dance, physical theatre and circus to explore the absurd and comedic connections between people.
As the action cuts between hypnotic patterns and juggling movement sequences, marvel at the duo’s slick technical skill and performance chemistry at The Homecoming.
polaDroid by Silent Rocco
11:30am, 1pm & 4pm
Starting: High St
Say hello to robotic photographer polaDroid, the mobile photo booth! With his camera face he takes real analog pictures of you, his spectators and spits them out literally, instantly.
“Master of mime Silent Rocco lives and breathes his characters, mesmerizing the audience with a silent art form well beyond antiquated mime clichés.” Preston City Guild Festival, UK
12:15pm & 3:05pm
Starting: High St
Hailing from the golden age of music hall we are proud to present strongmen Victor, Ian and younger brother Barnaby.
Both on the ground and up in the air these Strong Brothers will perform extraordinary feats of strength, daring and balance.
They are sure to leave you stunned with appreciation. Roll up, roll up for the Greatest Show on Earth!
Roots by Highly Sprung Performance
1:30pm & 4:30pm
A lost soul lives in a tree. In its branches they feel safe. But now someone else wants to live in the tree too. Can they live happily together? Or is there something even scarier lurking amongst the branches?
Highly Sprung presents Roots, a bold and beautiful performance told entirely without words on a six-metre high, rotating tree structure exploring identity, belonging and how we build community. Using aerial movement, bungee ropes and dynamic dance, characters spin, leap and fly in an intriguing, entertaining and visually stunning experience for all the family.
A story with humanity at its heart, Roots invites you to consider how, when we embrace difference we can build a better future for us all.
dip by Max Calaf
12pm & 2:50pm
‘dip’ is an ode to how we find each other…
When Jonah, Oliver and Max cross paths they decide to embark on a quest to learn about each other, what challenges them and what brings them together. Cue light-hearted, breath-taking, air-twisting tricks and funky live tunes with a good dose of humour that gives extraordinary new life to everyday objects and conventional instruments.
Through astonishing trampolining and poetic touch, dip celebrates how humans find each other in a world of isolation through cooperation, acceptance and serendipity.
Co-commissioned by Without Walls, Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Hat Fair.