After almost twenty years touring the planet as a circus strong lady, performing feats-of-strength, this new circus-theatre show celebrates the extraordinary ways in which ordinary people are powerful. POWER uses circus physicality and verbal storytelling to explore how we can feel powerful, even in an uncertain world & find strength beyond just lifting heavy things. The work is optimistic, uplifting, funny, physical and at times moving.
Autobiographical stories intersect with interviews of real people around the UK about their experiences of power – with their voices woven through the soundtrack to reveal moments of strength, resilience, connection, choice and change.
POWER is Charmaine Childs’ first full length solo theatre touring work, after almost 20 years of touring outdoor arts festivals and variety shows internationally with her solo show STRONG LADY (which centres around lifting men out of the audience with a mix of elegance, comedy and
muscle) and as a circus base (the one who lifts the others in partner acrobatics).
The initial research and development of POWER was part of a Developing Your Creative Practice project, funded by Arts Council England, aiming to support Charmaine in making the leap from creating street theatre work to theatre work. It featured mentorship from collaborators including Complicite, Ockham’s Razor and Spy Monkey, who have heavily influenced the style of the show.
At performances of work in progress, audiences have found the mix of comedy, storytelling, circus physicality and voiceover from interviews to be “uplifting”, “inspiring”, “hilarious” and “empowering”.
Send an email if you’d like to receive an info pack or media release about POWER: A solo circus-theatre work for theatres and rural touring venues. Touring from April 2020 – with an outdoor arts festival version in the pipeline for 2021…
POWER is A WEEK 53 commission for The Lowry, Salford with co-commission from the Lawrence Batley Theatre. It received creation funding from Arts Council England and an award for adapting to rural touring from Cambridge Junction/Creative Arts East. The work is supported by mentorship from Turtle Key Arts and partnership with Metal, Jackson’s Lane, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, and Seachange Arts.
Friday 24 April - April 25, 2020 POWER @ The Lowry, Manchester (UK)
Thursday 30 April - May 2, 2020 POWER @ The Lawrence Batley, Huddersfield (UK)
Friday 1 May - May 2, 2020 POWER @ The Lawrence Batley, Huddersfield (UK)
Friday 8 May POWER @ Jackson's Lane, London (UK)
Friday 15 May POWER @ The Corn Hall, Diss (UK)
to theatres around the UK and rural touring venues in the CAE network.