The Chipolatas were established in 1992 and 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

Tristan was born and raised into the UK folk arts scene in the 1970’s, touring and playing live music from an early age. Tristan is also a freelance producer and director at Cheltenham Town Hall.


Alfredo Perez Muino, performer

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.


Xampito Otero, performer

Xampito began his artistic career at the Circus school ‘Circonove’ in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. From 2013-2015 he continued his studies at ‘Inrampa’ in Madrid, perfecting his performance techniques in theatre, dance, acrobatics and juggling.

He worked with ‘Pass & Company’, winning ‘Talent Madrid’ and best show at ‘International Festival of Street Arts and Theatre’ in Valladolid. In recent years he has worked with The Chipolatas, Gandini Juggling, Pistacatro, Circo PRICE Theater, Canal Theatres, The State Circus of Moscow, Le channel Scène Nationale de Calais and Teatro Maria Guerrero.


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.


The Chipolatas are available as a three or four piece and can perform in many languages including English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese



Performance Styles

  • Shows
  • Music

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

— The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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