Play Festival is the UK's premier spinning, juggling, circus and object manipulation festival. The world-famous festival has made a couple of announcements in the last few weeks which has got us drooling over what's in store in August.

The theme for this year is "under the sea". We know the fabulous decorations team is hard at work creating the bits and pieces that will take us (figuratively) twenty leagues below the waves. We're also looking forward to seeing all the amazing costumes you guys will be donning.

If that wasn't exciting enough a whole host of performers have been announced, along with a whole new show (how can they fit in more fun?!), the Opening Show, so make sure you're there on the Wednesday.

This year sees the return of some Play favourites; Gail O'Brien is back with a brand new show which is set to tear the roof off of the Gala Show. Play festival legend, MCP, is returning with a new show. The details are a mystery but you can be sure it will blow you away. Also returning for his third(?) Play is one of the world's favourite jugglers, Kyle Johnson, so prepare to be amazed by his smooth juggling, manipulation and legendary creativity.  

Also journeying from across the pond is Teddy Petrosky. Teddy is best known for his world-class poi skills and is a prominent member of the online community. He also has staff skills to pay the bills so watch out for his smooth contact staff and dynamic acrostaff (see below).

We also have Meike Lizotte and Anna Fisher in the line up doing ridiculous things with hoops while standing on their hands and Forma Fortis performing acrobalance. Robin Gunney is also confirmed to be blowing your juggling socks off from one of the many Play stages.

Last but certainly not least is the announcement that Christian Unger, one of Germany's finest spinners, will be showing us how it's done in the Fire Gala. Christian has talents with many props but we're especially looking forward to him showcasing his dragon staff skills:

You can bet your bottom dollar that most, if not all, of these amazing performers will be sharing their skills and knowledge in workshops over the five days. There will also be loads of other workshops, possibly even from you! If you fancy getting involved you can contact

As ever, keep your eyes on Play's website and their Facebook page for more details. Tickets are available now!  

If all that isn't enough to convince you to come and Play then this video of 2011's festival should take care of any final resistance...