Phare, the Cambodian Circus - Influence, by Scott Sharick

Photo by Scott Sharick


Survival of the fittest. Domination. Manipulation. How do we create a place for ourselves in the world?

Influence mixes drama, circus and puppetry to explore struggles for power and survival. From primordial organisms battling in pre-historic jungles to an ancient king being manipulated by external forces or a runner tripping his competitors to win a race; all seek to triumph. The characters of Influence dominate and are dominated, trick and are tricked, but ultimately discover their own strength and find unique place in the world.

Influence is one of the latest creations by Phare Ponleu Selpak, with funding support from UNESCO and the European Union as part of a professional arts development project. The artists, musicians and their teachers have come up with a powerful, theatrical drama that is on track to become a top Phare production.


Phare, The Cambodian Circus’ shows are inspired by the real-life experiences of its creators and performers and deal with themes such as war, discrimination, poverty and ghosts. Some performances contain smoke, loud noises, music and strobe lights. Please consult with a member of the ticketing staff if you have any concerns or you have very young children.

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Read more about the creation of “Influence”:

Influence: The Beginnings