Jamie Adkins performs on the slackwire in Circus Incognitus. The San Diego circus theatre performer is coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Wednesday

Jamie Adkins performs on the slackwire in Circus Incognitus. The San Diego circus theatre performer is coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Wednesday

One-man circus doesn’t just clown around

Street performer-turned stage artist Jamie Adkins brings Circus Incognitus to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Feb. 8.



Get ready for a wild adventure of clowning around and acrobatic feats from the ground up to a slackwire above the stage.

Natural clown Jamie Adkins is bringing his one-man, one-of-a-kind show, Circus Incognitus, to Vernon Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The third production in the Performing Arts Centre society’s kids series, Circus Incognitus is more than just juggling and balancing, it’s a full meal deal. With a mixture of Buster Keaton, combined with Cirque-like theatricality, Adkins has taken his performance around the world and continues to forge ahead on his career path.

“(Adkins) is always seeking new ways to develop his artistry,” reads Adkins’ bio on his website.

“In his newest creation, Circus Incognitus, Adkins showcases, more than ever before, the full range of his talents. He has taken his performance far beyond the bounds of a single role and created an artistic event that springs from his own inner world.”

Adkins got his start at age 13 in San Diego, where he delighted passers-by as a street performer. He later joined the San Francisco-based Pickle Family Circus, where he continued to develop his unique talents.

He has since gone on to join the ranks of Montréal’s Cirque Éloize (which brought the phenomenal performance, Rain, to the Performing Arts Centre two years ago), with whom he produced his first show of his own creation, Typo.

This eclectic clown, juggler, and balancing artist now has years of experience under his belt and has distinguished himself with his unique style that faithfully and humourously conveys the essence of the ordinary man. He has won the admiration of critics and adoration of the circus-going public.

“Adkins hasn’t reinvented juggling or clowning, he’s just made them more interesting to watch through the powers of personality and grace,” said New York’s The Daily Gazette.

Tickets for Circus Incognitus  can be booked by visiting the Ticket Seller box office in the centre, or call 549-7469, or order at www.ticketseller.ca. Cost per seat is $12.