Down-Up is a solo show by Circus Geeks about competition, innovation and the possibilities of the mundane, strung together by a subject that has been overlooked by society.
From the Filipino emigrant who made his fortune in the 1930s, through to the professional demonstrators who toured UK in the 1950s, and how technological advances have helped create a subculture of 1000s of obsessive adults across the globe today. Down-Up challenges the idea that the Yo-Yo is merely something that comes out of a cracker. The piece gets down to the nitty-gritty of finger callouses and untying knots, and the fanatics whose lives have been shaped by Yo-Yo just as they have shaped the art-form; showing that a Yo-Yo is for life, not just for Christmas.
Arron, the first british entrant to the World Yo-Yo Contest in a generation, first picked up a Yo-Yo in the craze of the mid ’90s. When others moved on to Pokemon and Tamagotchis, Arron stuck with the Yo-Yo.
In Down-Up Arron shares his unusual passion that has secured him multiple international circus awards and 4 Guiness World Records.
Down-Up will show you a world you never knew you could fall in love with.
About Circus Geeks Circus Geeks make vibrant, accessible shows with juggling, spoken word and film.
Company director, Arron Sparks, is a multi-award winning juggler and notorious blogger. He graduated from Circus Space, winning the Deutche Bank Award for Circus. He has worked alongside many of jugging’s greats, including Gandini Juggling and the late Luke Wilson.
Their first show, Beta Testing, premiered at London’s Roundhouse in April 2014, and will tour in 2015.
Down-Up has been commissioned by Glastonbury Festival and developed in partnership with Marine Theatre.