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TILT, Birmingham’s only Aerial and Physical Theatre Festival, is back for its 6th year in the city with an adapted brand-new HYBRID FESTIVAL running live, online and outdoors at a new open space...


TILT Festival

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  • 12-Jul-2021 23-Jul-2021
TILT Festival
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TILT, Birmingham’s only Aerial and Physical Theatre Festival, is back for its 6th year in the city with an adapted brand-new HYBRID FESTIVAL running live, online and outdoors at a new open space, from Monday 12-Friday 23 July 2021.

The festival features breath-taking aerial and physical theatre from world class performers, free family outdoor shows, world premieres, discussions, circus sessions for babies and parents, as well as a week-long series of masterclasses and workshops for upcoming artistes and professionals.

TILT 21 is produced by RoguePlay, Birmingham’s highly physical theatre company, based at West Midlands Circus and Creation Centre in Digbeth. RoguePlay, create a unique style of narrative theatre using aerial and ground-based circus, contemporary dance, spoken word and physical theatre.

TILT 21 highlights include a night guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats! TILTED CIRCUS NIGHT (16 July 7.30pm ticketed) is an absolutely stunning night of live circus and physical theatre from jaw dropping performers from all over the world.

With everything from 5-minute circus acts to new full-length shows TILT 21 features artists such as Mim Wheeler, silk queen from London and Sainbold Janchivdorj, AKA the infamous Boldo (Take That Tour, Cirque Bijou). On Saturday 17 July members of the public are invited to an afternoon of FREE outdoor shows for all the family. The afternoon features AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, RoguePlay's acclaimed take on Jules Verne’s classic tale. A colourful acrobatic adventure, with a tactile circus twist which sensitively introduces younger audiences to the issues of climate change. Following the performance, audience members can give into their curiosity and join the cast to play on the big-rig Aerial Playground. People of all ages and abilities can try aerial hoop, hammock, and skills on the ladder, with hula hoop, juggling and toys for little ones.TILT 21 provides fans of physical theatre with the opportunity to see world premieres of brand-new aerial, dance and physical theatre performances by professional young companies.

NEW WORK SHOWCASE (17 July ticketed) is an afternoon that will be jam packed with circus awesome-ness from some of the best emerging artists.

Kim Wildborne, Artistic Director RoguePlay and Producer of TILT Festival said “After a year of uncertainty we can’t express how thrilled we are to return this summer with an even bigger offer! As well as events taking place indoors TILT 21 audiences will be able to experience a spectacular programme of open-air performances presented at Tea Works, the brand-new open space in Digbeth.”

Also new to this year is TILT ONLINE which sees some of the in-person classes delivered online. Participants can join the class from wherever they are in the world, with some teachers teaching via Zoom from their home country, exclusively for the TILT Online programme.

Further festival highlights include SCRATCH THAT! (18 July ticketed) a series of 360-degree online performances showcasing young people's work, community work and a plethora of aerial acts from the RoguePlay’s regularly training students.

The festival also offers participatory circus sessions for babies as young as 3 weeks and their parents/carers. RISKY PLAY (18 July ticketed) has endless benefits for children and parents alike, challenging young ones to push their limits, explore their bodies and take risks in a safe environment. TRAINING AND PREGNANCY (14 July FREE) discusses the difficulties of training when pregnant, safety issues and provides a chance for attendees to share experiences.

TILT 21 runs from Monday 12-Friday 23 July 2021. COVID Security measures will be in place. For full programme details and information on how to book (for both in-person and online tickets) please go to

  • Circus, Dance, Film, Theatre

Everyone is welcome @ TILT

At TILT Festival we are committed to providing opportunities for parents to train on the festival programme, whilst having something for the young ones to do.

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Venue details

  • Fazeley Street
  • B5 5RT
TILT Festival
Fazeley Street, B5 5RT

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