There’s lots of circus in Scotland to kick off 2018. Here are some of the highlights from January-March, from brand new contemporary circus which has barely hatched, to slick circus spectacle, Cirque Berserk, plus shows for all the family and brilliant one-off workshops. It’s not just happening in the Central Belt; there’s circus from Inverness to Stranraer. Have a scroll through and see what takes your fancy.
If you’re interested in new circus, Paperdoll Militia have two upcoming works in progress. Egg is an aerial theatre production about fertility, morality, science and the modern way to make a baby about egg donation (main image, above. Credit Richard Dyson). It’s part of Snapshots2, a double bill at the Traverse on 27 January. On 16 March, their next production Warped will be presented at The Big Shed in Musselburgh. Both events are free but ticketed, so make sure you sign up early and pop them in the diary.
Cirqulation is a brand new cabaret featuring established and emerging performers, which will hopefully become a regular fixture in the circus diary with 3 events per year. On 9 February, their first edition on the theme of Enchanted Circus will be at North Edinburgh Arts- do pop along to wet the baby’s head. Full info here.
For families, there are two shows coming up ideal for ages 4-11: A Tiger’s Tale (17-20 March) which features circus, live music and puppetry, and One Man Shoe (24 Feb & 1 April) a solo clown show with magic. Both will pop up in Glasgow and Pitlochry, plus A Tiger’s Tale will also head to Inverness.
For a much more adult audience, Circus of Horrors kicks off a tightly-packed Scottish tour from 11-25th Feb, with for one night only in Stranraer, Aberdeen, Falkirk, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Inverness, Pitlochry, Dundee and Motherwell, before returning to Glasgow and Elgin mid-April. There’s also a 50% off ticket deal for several of the venues available on Wowcher [see here]. Full tour info here.
For their first Scottish stint of the year, Cirque Berserk will be visiting Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre from 20-24 February, in a show featuring Tweedy the clown and the Globe of Death. If you’re in Glasgow and want to see the show, you might want to hold off- they’ll be coming your way in June. Full info for Edinburgh here.
If it’s circus workshops you’re looking for, 2018 has some treats on the way already. I honestly couldn’t choose between these one-off workshops, so clear your weekends and book the lot.
#ShareEdCircus is a project designed to offer consistent training opportunities in Edinburgh- and these first two workshops are part of it. In February, Room To Move in Edinburgh will host a dance and acrobatics weekend workshop. Run by Moving Through Acrobatics (Gabbie Cook & Nat Whittingham) and Emily Nicholl; all of whom tour with some of the finest circus companies in the UK. Focussing on the meeting point of dance and acrobatics, it is part of , so watch this space for more offerings. Early bird discount end 1 Feb, so be quick! Full info here.
If juggling’s your game, there will be a fantastic workshop with Chris Patfield & Francesca Mari from 23-25 March. Chris & Francesca both perform with Gandini Juggling, and each of the three workshop days will incorporate 3 hours of solo juggling plus 3 hours of group work. You can get a feel for Chris’ style below. Full info here.
Adventure Circus in Perth are hosting acrobalance family, Forma Fortis, for an intensive 2-day workshop on 10-11 March. Suitable for those with some acrobalance experience, some of you may have encountered Forma Fortis over the years at EAAC, and we’re sure it’ll be a brilliant weekend. Full info here.
Glasgow-based circus school, Aerial Edge, have just opened their doors in their brand new home, Kelvin Hall, where their regular schedule of aerial and acrobatic classes will continue, plus a brand new juggling session.
What is more, Aerial Edge will have their grand volant (large flying trapeze) rig up back in their old home, The Briggait, until early March. Everyone is welcome from ages 7 and up, for 90 minute sessions every Saturday and Sunday. Full info here.
There are regular circus classes across Scotland, so why not try something new?
Edinburgh: Dance Base/ Aerial Art House/ Freedom Of Flight/ Blue Drill Hall / Edinburgh College/ Priestfield Church/ Tollcross
Glasgow: Spinal Chord, Aerial Edge
Grangemouth: Wolanski’s Pole & Aerial Fitness
Perth: Adventure Circus
Inverness Pole & Aerial Circus
It looks like it’s going to be a busy start to the year! Enjoy the circus.
Over and out.