Music & Theatre

Local playwright’s New Vic show brings the circus to town

The story of the man regarded as being the “father of the modern circus” is showing at the New Victoria this month.

Frazer Flintham (photo by the New Vic Theatre)

Frazer Flintham, a former Alleyne’s & GEMS Youth theatre student, has penned the story of Philip & Patty Astley, a couple from Newcastle-under-Lyme, who begin their adventure together unaware that they will become the legends of one of the greatest stories ever told, and invent the circus as we know it today.

Frazer, now based in London, has had plays produced by BBC Radio 3 & 4, The Soho Theatre, York Theatre Royal and many more. His play for the New Vic was The Throne, which was part of the Vic’s Hoard Festival in 2015.

Astley’s Astounding Adventures is the New Vic’s most ambitious show ever. Filled with fast-paced action, humour, gripping drama and breathtaking circus spectacle, a large cast featuring faces familiar and new will bring to life this bold, colourful celebration of circus.

Frazer says; “As I studied A’Level theatre studies at Newcastle College, I’m really pleased to be writing a story of a local man who went on to change the face of entertainment in his day”

Astley’s Astounding Adventures is showing at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, until Saturday 28th July. For more information, or to book tickets, go to their website.


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