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Read all about the new festival hotspot at the Brighton Fringe - "Fools Paradise"


As Brighton braces itself for it’s annual entertainment bonanza, with the largest fringe festival in the UK hitting the seaside town this May, celebrated Australian acrobatic troupe Headfirst Acrobats today announces that it will be launching a brand new venue dedicated to all things fringe. 

Fools Paradise, will take over the gardens of St Peter’s Church at The Level throughout May and into June. Housing a rich mix of circus based shows, the new venue will comprise two entertainment spaces. These - The Vault and The Bunker - will offer the opportunity for circus lovers, families and anyone looking for high-quality, high-octane and high-wire entertainment to come and experience the best that the Fringe has to offer. 

At the centre of the stunning programme will be Headfirst Acrobats own shows. There’s the adult-only GODZ which uses a mix of story telling, circus and physical prowess to provide a sneak peek into the lives, loves and libidos of the ancient gods of Olympus. This will be accompanied by the riproaring, swashbuckling pirate adventure for all the family Arr We There Yet? and the late-night extravagaza, equal parts grit and sweat to glitz and glam, Crème De La Crème

Mixed in with the Headfirst Acrobats own shows, there will be no less than twenty-five other productions to suit every taste. 

Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris the artistic force behind Headfirst and producers of Fools Paradise say – 

Fool's Paradise is a venue for artists, by artists. What sets Fool’s Paradise apart from other venues is that it is fully artist led and operated. Head First Acrobats have grown up on stages around the world and are now dedicated to providing amazing spaces that can facilitate cutting-edge circus performances. A day at Fool's paradise and you will enjoy the finest in international performance art, with a circus all the way from Ethiopia and Australia, as well as free live music, and the most delicious food and beverages in Brighton. There is something for everyone.” 

A smorgasbord of brilliant shows to chose from!

With a dedication to both cutting edge circus performances and children’s entertainment, there’s a rich tapestry of other shows on offer. For kids and all the family, Absurd Tea Circus sees a ragtag of Australian acrobats as they tumble down the rabbit hole of morning madness, Basketball Man brings the world’s greatest Freestyle Basketball circus show, and Neon Moon Baby takes to the dancefloor for a light-soaked family clubbing experience where kids get to bring their grown-ups along for the ride.


For those of a more grown up disposition, Lash Out Cabaret brings the hottest, fiercest female cabaret in Brighton this May, Only Bones v1.9 offers a maze of shape shifting surroundings mixed with immersive foley soundscape, a dash of acrobatics, a sprinkle of clown and a fist-full of Kung Fu. Booze & Balance: The Intoxicating Extravaganza of Daring Feats! sees Logy, the bearded Belfast-based circus maestro, delivering a dazzling fusion of skillful object manipulation and irreverent humor, seamlessly blending traditional vaudeville with a modern twist, and Call me Daddy:the Musical is a dark comedy musical that follows the staff of a burlesque cabaret as they try to survive working under the rule of their unhinged, sexist and psychopathic boss Chester Charles. 

Join Headfirst Acrobats’ show Crème De La Crème, for those who like their entertainment served a little hotter, Neon Moon Burlesque review presents a glittering array of champagne showgirls, fierce femme fatales and internationally acclaimed circus and sideshow artistes for a fiercely fabulous rollercoaster ride of raunchiness 

These shows are just a small sample of the smorgasbord of scintillating circus spectacle at Fools Paradise this May. For a full list of what’s on offer and to book, check out the Brighton Fringe website at 

More about Head First Acrobats

Head First Acrobats are a multi-award-winning entertainment company. Based in Melbourne, they are regulars on the international touring circuit, and specialise in acrobatic entertainment for festivals, theatres, corporate and street events. 

Head First Acrobats have a talent for developing shows that are the talk of the town, filling theatres to the rafters with thrilled audiences. 

Their big-hitting shows have been national and international sensation, Elixir, which was the smash hit of 2018 and won the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at Adelaide Fringe, along with a slew of sold-out shows all over the world. Railed’ debuted at Perth FRINGE WORLD in 2019, and is a riotous high-energy comedy Western that takes no prisoners, sets the bar on fire, and hightails out of town leaving a trail of broken hearts in its wake. 


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