French company Betti Combo explode on to the stage with enthusiasm and clumsiness..and a load of white buckets!

Circus Evolution brings Circus Mayhem to Derby

Matchless in its madness – this is an absurd circus variety show for all ages.

Coming to Déda, Friday 13 November and Saturday 14 November

Circus and comedy combine in Circus Mayhem, an absurd variety show for audiences of all ages presented by Circus Evolution, the team behind last year’s smash hit Bromance. Circus Mayhem comes to Déda from 13 and 14 November.

Bringing a festival feel to the theatre experience, Circus Mayhem sees three contrasting artists come together for a fun, freewheeling evening - cycling pianist Rimski, puppeteer and quick-fire painter Jon Hicks and sweet slapstick trio BettiCombo.

First up is Rimski, the back-pedalling, side-winding pianist, who will regale audiences in CUBE café|bar before the show and in the interval. Playing and singing as he rides, Rimski dazzles with his flawless finger work, original songs, clowning, acrobatics and the occasional firework. Joining him as a special guest in Derby is Miranda La Mutanta and her Penny Farthing. 

Over on the main stage is Jon Hicks who has been enthralling audiences with his high-skill repertoire of artistic oddities since 2000. Hicks’ deadpan puppetry, awesome speed painting, kicking musical scores and big time finales have earned him the title of “International Man of Artistry”. 

For the finale, sweet slapstick trio BettiCombo from France and Italy tell an engaging tale of triumphs and defeats. They burst on to the stage to create an endless playground game, building precarious pyramids, towers and columns from countless white buckets and a towering Chinese pole. Their complimentary skills deliver a mini-masterpiece of circus comedy.

Watch the Circus Mayhem trailer here.

If Circus Mayhem inspires people in Derby to have a go themselves, they can get involved in Déda’s fantastic class programme. With over 50 classes a week, Déda now offers aerial classes for Young People aged 7+ and Adults, with acrobatics classes for children and young people alongside a variety of dance styles and techniques for all ages. Call 01332 370911 for more information or visit – there’s something to suit everyone.


Press contact: Martha Oakes or Sue Lancashire at Martha Oakes PR on 020 8854 5460 / 07798 626555 /

Listings information

Friday 13 November at 7pm (pre-show entertainment) / 7.30pm

Saturday 14 November at 2.30pm (pre-show entertainment) / 3pm

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU

Box office: 01332 370911

Tickets: £10 (£8)

Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes including an interval

Age range: 7 years to adult

There will be a post-show talk on Friday 13 November.

Notes to editors

  1. Circus Mayhem is part of a new wave of contemporary circus currently enjoying a creative renaissance and a growing popularity with audiences. It is presented by Circus Evolution, a five-year Arts Council England strategic touring initiative created to ensure that more high-quality work reaches a wider range of people across England. Circus Evolution is managed by Crying Out Loud, creative producers who have been bringing memorable events to festivals and theatres in UK, USA and Europe for over a decade.
  2. Crying Out Loud has been instrumental in introducing international contemporary circus artists to the UK, including French artists James Thiérrée’s Compagnie du Hanneton, Collectif AOC, Company XY, CirkVost, Jeanne Mordoj, Compagnie Non Nova, Capilotractées, L’Insomnante, Camille Boitel and Aurélia Thierrée and Victoria Thierrée; Groupe Acrobatique de Tangier from Morocco; Italy’s TPO Company; Race Horse Company from Finland; Dan Zanes from USA; and Laika and Inne Goris from Belgium.
  3. Circus Evolution is a consortium of nine venues all of which are committed to programming high quality contemporary circus and to developing new audiences in doing so. The participating venues are Warwick Arts Centre, Lighthouse Poole, Déda, Derby, Oxford Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Barnsley Civic, Laurence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Hat Factory, Luton and St. George’s Great Yarmouth. Circus Evolution is funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.