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As a Tiger In The Jungle

Circus Xanti / Ali Williams Productions, Supported by NoFit State

Three performers from Nepal ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how against all odds they survived their childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflexion.

Produced through an International partnership between artistic directors from nofitstate ( Wales) and Cirkus Xanti (Norway). As a Tiger in the Jungle will be a unique theatrical circus experience!

Supported by NoFit State, Pontio, Baerum Kulturhus, Porsgrunn International Theater Festival, Black-E, ChoraChori Nepal

Age Guidance: 8+



UK Tour 2019

Touring Wales and England in spring/summer 2019


13 February


Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair

Marcusplatsen 17
131 54 Nacka

4 April

Enableus Fest

Sheffield University, Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, Sheffield,
S10 2TQ

16 April


Park Street, Llanelli,
SA15 3YE

17 – 18 April


Portland Square, St Paul’s, Bristol,

2 – 3 May

Riverfront Theatre

The Friday performance will be BSL and audio description.

See Audio Flyer here.


King’s Way, Newport,
NP60 1HG

9 May

Lincoln Drill Hall

Free School Lane, Lincoln,

12 May

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Penglais Campus, University of Aberystwyth
SY23 3DE

17 - 18 May

Stratford Circus

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, 
E15 1BX

22 - 25 May

Brighton Fringe

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Park Dyke Road, Hove,

29 May

Warwick Arts Centre


University of Warwick, Coventry,

31 May

The Civic

Hanson Street, Barnsley,
S70 2HZ

6 June

Salisbury Festival

Salisbury Playhouse,
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury

8 – 9 June

Theatre Brycheniog


Canal Wharf, Brecon,

15 June


Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd,
LL55 1 SQ

20 – 22 June

Theatr Mwldan

Bath House Road, Cardigan
SA43 1JY

26 – 30 June

Glastonbury Festival

Worthy Farm, Worthy Lane, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset,



Cast: Renu Ghalan Tamang (Nepal), Aman Tamang (Nepal) & Loan TP Hoang (Vietnam/Norway)

Writer/Director: Sverre Waage (Norway)

Creative Producer: Ali Williams (Wales)

Music: Per Zanussi (Norway/Italy)

Musicians in studio: Halpreet Bansal (India/Norway), Sanskriti Shrestha (Nepal) & Per Zanussi (Norway)

Set - & Costume Design: Rhi Matthews (Wales)

Set - & Circus Rig Design: Tarn Aitken (England)

Light design: Leif LePage (France/Wales)

Assist choreography and circus skills: Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn (Philippines/Norway) & Mish Weaver (England)



Ali Williams [email protected]



A strong and heart-warming performance about rescued child slaves from Indian traditional circus.

This performance is inspired by the lives and destiny of our performers Renu and Aman experiences as child circus slaves in India. It also highlights the story of other Nepalese children being trafficked into slavery in Indian traditional circus. From 2002, when this was discovered, over 700 children have been discovered and rescued or released.

In 2013 producer Ali Williams spent a year working as the Creative Director of Circus Kathmandu. Circus Kathmandu was a group of 13 young men and women who all were rescued from Indian circuses, including our performers, Renu and Aman.

Ali Williams invited director Sverre Waage to come to Kathmandu to meet the newly formed circus company. That was the start of a collaboration between Ali and Sverre, with the aim to build bridges between the developing circus environment in Kathmandu and the International community of performing art producers and programmers in UK, Norway and Europe.

The first achievement is the production and touring of As a Tiger in The Jungle, representing the international partnership of prize-winning director and play-writer Sverre Waage (Norway) and Ali Williams (Wales), co-founder and former artistic director of NofitState.

Ali and Sverre have been working with the two Nepalese circus artists, Renu and Aman, over the last three years and for this project have integrated Loan TP Hoang a Vietnamese refugee with her own story of a lost childhood. As a Tiger in The Jungle is a unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music. Original music score composed by Per Zanussi.



Production period 2017:

17 - 12 July 2017   Residence at NoFit State Circus and Ballet Cymru, Wales

14 - 25 July 2017   Residence in the Circus village of Sandvika, Norway

28 August - 9 September 2017   Residence in Sandvika Theater, Bærum Kulturhus, Norway

8 September 2017   Closed premiere in Sandvika Theater, Norway

UK Tour 2017:

22 - 23 September 2017   The Rep Theatre, Birmingham, England

7 - 8 October 2017   Pontio Art Centre, Bangor, Wales

10 - 11 October 2017   Jackson Lane Theatre, London, England

15 - 16 October 2017   Circomedia, Bristol, England

24 - 25 October 2017   Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales

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