A NEW show from a member of the world’s largest theatrical producer, Canadian "contemporary circus" Cirque du Soleil, visits the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, at the end of May.

Stuff, a one-man show written and performed by Cirque du Soleil lead clown Sean Kempton, can be seen at the SJT at 7pm on Wednesday, May 31.

Stuff is a love story but not one you’ve seen a million times before. This is another kind of love story, maybe everybody’s love story.

Stuff is playful, funny, sad and familiar., Sean Kempton mixes comedy, mime, clowning and the odd bit of dance in this absurdist show about love: the result is a highly energetic and entertaining physical piece that takes its audience on a journey through the fragility, hilarity and awkwardness that love can sometimes entail.

Predominantly non-verbal, Stuff was developed from interviews with people from the ages of 6 to 84 on the subjects of love and human connection.

Sean Kempton has over 23 years’ international experience as an actor, circus performer and director with a career spanning the West End, Broadway, The Kennedy Centre, Las Vegas and Alaska. He was an artistic director and part of the founding team of Generating Company, which tour large-scale circus shows around the world. He was an original cast member in Franco Dragone's epic water show Le Reve in Las Vegas and one of the lead clowns in Cirque Du Soleil's productions of Kooza, Quidam and Varekai touring worldwide.

As a comedian he has been entertaining audiences with his own brand of humour in cabarets and variety shows throughout the US and UK. Sean has been a successful teacher over the past 15 years developing his own style of workshops teaching physical theatre and comedy in Britain and the US and is currently a core teacher for the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Sean says: “Stuff was developed out of a need to create a more simple, intimate and honest performance than the large spectacles I was working on at the time. The smaller space allows me to reach everybody and have subtle nuances, dealing with complex subjects that could be lost on 3,000 people. It was important to approach the subject and emotional weight without uttering a word and have the ability to move a crowd at the same time as keeping them laughing. I spent a long time distilling the essence of each moment to find out what I was saying and where the perfect game was. The result is very playful and hopefully quite touching.”

  • Tickets for Stuff, which lasts around an hour, cost from £10 to £18: to book, please call the box office on 01723 370541 or visit the website: http://www.sjt.uk.com