Celebrating 25 years in 2017, The Chipolatas are a highly acclaimed live arts performance company who have become a trusted brand and a mainstay of festivals around the world.

They combine mindful circus artistry with dynamic roots music, breakbeats and ballads, spoken word and samples, evolving tradition with contemporary stylings.

Blending accordion and acoustic rhythms with hip-hop and street style, their performances and inspiration are embedded in worldwide culture.


The Chipolatas are:

Tristan Glover, Company Manager and co-founder, was born and raised into the UK folk arts scene in the 1970’s, touring and playing live music from an early age. Tris is also a freelance producer and director of Cheltenham Festival.

Pablo Reboleiro Rama, Pablo is a Spanish clown with a degree in Maths who ran away to the circus, later achieving a BA (hons) degree in Circus Arts at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London. He is trained in physical theatre, dance and music.

Alfredo Perez Muino Alfredo studied a degree in Physical Education (INEF Galicia) specializing in artistic gymnastics. After further study at Carampa Circus School he travelled to the Americas (Argentina, Brazil & Cuba) to continue his training as a physical clown.

Sam Thomas, Company Creative Director and co-founder

Sam was born into a creative family and since moving from his childhood home in the Lake District UK, he has lived and worked in Leeds, Edinburgh, London and Barcelona. He is currently based in Australia. Sam is a passionate physical theatre maker specialising in conceptualising and creating outdoor performances in public spaces. He is also Public Program Co-Ordinator at Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria, Australia

The Chipolatas can perform in many languages including English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese

Performance Styles

  • Shows
  • Music

The Chipolatas happily mix acrobatics, comedy, theatre, music and dance.
They also speak in English, Spanish, gibberish and even in Finnish! Their lovely old-fashioned way combines with the energetic present

— KUULAS International Children’s Theatre Festival, Finland

"Brilliantly Diverse, Mischievous and Expertly Coherent" *****

— The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival Fringe