Theatrical circus: Zip Zap is back with ‘A Circus Picnic’ – live shows – Cape Town, December 2020

What: Zip Zap presents A Circus Picnic When: December 11-20, 2020 Where: Zip Zap Dome, Foreshore (next to Artscape) Bookings: Tickets: R90 – R120 Early Bird (ends November 8) and Standard R100 – R130 (plus R5 booking fee)Show time: Show starts at 7pm. Finished by 9pm Arrival time: Doors open at 5.30pm. Picnic Boxes: NOT Included in ticket price. Purchase on Quicket when you buy your show ticket. Options include sweet and savoury – standard, vegan and gluten free Info: (021) 421 8622 / 066 598 4264 /

For the first time, since the national lockdown in South Africa, Zip Zap Circus is performing LIVE – in front of a physically distanced audience- with A Circus Picnic– at the Zip Zap Dome in Cape Town. How thrilling is that! The format will take place as a picnic – with audience – seated on the floor. This is a new show and it will launch Zip Zap’s professional performing company, Moya I Spirit. This troupe consists of eight top performers who have come through the ranks of Zip Zap’s free vocational training programme. The artists have had years of international and local experience and for A Circus Picnic, they will dazzle audiences with their artistry, circus and theatrical skills. This is a wonderful Cape Town December festive season show. Yes, 2020 has not been fun but it will be summer in the Mother City and this is a wonderful opportunity to get out with the family and experience circus arts – live. 

The show will take place in the Zip Zap Dome, adjacent to the Artscape precinct.   There is a limit of 200 tickets per show as an additional 50 staff and performers will be accommodated (technical and other crew). The number of 250 is in line with Covid regulations – in a venue equipped to seat 600. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be in place. Masks mandatory and sanitizer in use. Seating will be on the floor (bring your low rise backrest picnic seats, please; no raised chairs). Chairs available for the elderly and others with special needs. Picnics not included in ticket prices. Picnics supplied by Dish Food & Social – with various dietary options available to purchase on Quicket when you buy your show ticket. Details when booking on Quicket. No food and drink may be brought into venue. Beverages will be on sale but picnic boxes must be ordered in advance and collected at the Dome on your selected show night.

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Zip Zap’s live shows for 2020 just released

After this year of #20Plenty has rocked everyone’s world, Zip Zap is celebrating the resilience of our Rainbow Nation with some brand-new circus magic, and this time in picnic style! Pack your cushions, picnic blankets and low-lying chairs and book your spot at ‘A Circus Picnic’ at the Zip Zap Dome from 11 – 20 December 2020, with shows daily at 7pm. This heralds the first show since lockdown and the final show for the year, presented by South Africa’s favourite social circus.

A brand-new show launches professional performance troupe

A Circus Picnic will also serve as the launch of Zip Zap’s professional performing company, MOYA I SPIRIT. This troupe comprises eight world-class performers all of whom are products of Zip Zap’s free vocational training programme and with years of international and local collective show time under their belts.  

The home-grown production is an emotive coming-of-age tale of an adventurous and curious young boy, and his discovery of the circus. Through the magic of the big top he escapes a challenging reality and leaps into an enchanting parallel world of acrobatics and delight, taking the audience on a wonderous ride.

A Circus Picnic showcases a proudly South-African, family-friendly blend of traditional and contemporary circus, infused with humour, dance and exhilarating circus aerials and acrobatics, all while conveying a meaningful, ‘feel-good’ storyline.

A theatrical circus picnic experience

The Dome will be transformed into a theatrical picnic site, with plenty of space to allow for physical distancing, along with an easy digital COVID-19 health screening, all orchestrated by a charismatic Ringmaster. Demarcated spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Chairs for the elderly will be available on request upon arrival.

Buy your picnic feast online when you buy your ticket.  In accordance with COVID-19 regulations, each picnic box caters for 1 person, and are individually pre-packed and sanitized, ready for your collection upon arrival at the Zip Zap Dome on the day of your show.

Picnics supplied by Dish Food & Social and cater for Vegans, Standard and Gluten-free for both adults and children (R85 – R150).

While beverages will be available to purchase at the show, there will be no food on sale nor will outside food be permitted inside the venue, so be sure to pre-order your picnic boxes when you buy your tickets!

Corporate bookings for any alternative dates are available. All proceeds will support Zip Zap regain momentum and fund all their free youth and outreach programmes for 1000 beneficiaries.

Dates: 11th – 20th December 2020 – daily.

Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 7pm. Finished by 9pm.

Early Bird:   9th October – 8th November (R90 – R120 per person)

Standard:     9th November (R100 – R130)

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Image credit – featured image: Jade Palmer performs in Zip Zap Circus, A Circus Picnic – Photo: Joan Ward.