We spent 5 days in the theatre space at Jacksons lane last week, working towards an invited showing of a close-to-finished Beta Testing at the end if the week. Nice to reflect that just under a year ago we were there working toward our initial showing, which spurred us on to apply to the Propellor Prize.

The first couple of days seemed particularly tough, first working days back after Christmas with little true creativity to be had. It was more of a case of slotting various bits we had already made together and looking at the technical constraints and transitions.

Howie came to work with us on Wednesday, walking through his superb visuals and custom cueing system which allows us to run much of them show on stage. The constant reach for self reliance is a habit I have inherited from studying and obsessing the most successful classic variety acts. Something I will have to let go of at some point down the line but for now I cling to it like a clingy thing, possibly a sloth which has just had a double espresso from Prufrock. As it turned out the marvellous Jules of Jacksons Lane 2.0 helped us out with a few extra lighting states and cues.


Matt devised a cunning way of dropping in a scree which made us all very happy and even worked in the showing, unlike most of Matts hair brained ideas – talking of which, Jon Udry was on top juggling form despite seemingly spending most of his time on luxury cruses in the Caribbean.

The showing went pretty well and we got some valuable feedback and new ideas, it seemed like the audience enjoyed it and some showed interest at the possibility of booking it in the future, watch this space_ We were happy with the results and are looking forward to making some changes for our official premier of <Beta_testing> in April.

Exciting times.

Propellor Prize

In April Circus Geeks won the Propellor Prize.

The Propeller Prize is a partnership between the Roundhouse, Circus Space, Jacksons Lane, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Seachange Arts and Le Brèche in Cherbourg.

The prize awarded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation provides a budget, support and space to develop Circus Geeks show which was presented at Jacksons Lane earlier in year. Residencies start in September and lead up to the premiering of our show Beta Testing in April 2014 as part of CircusFest. Dates and more detail to follow.

Exciting times.


Bella Kinetica funding

It has long been an ambition of mine make my own mark on the ‘circus theatre’ scene – to put together a full length circus show with a strong narrative and theatrical drive. And to make life more interesting I wanted it to be entirely on roller skates. And in the air...
We are aiming to start R and D for the project this autumn and have the support of awesome arts venues Jacksons Lane and Circomedia, as well as a brilliant cast lined up, all we need now is the cash to make it happen!
The campaign is being run through a crowd-funding website called Indiegogo, which works by lots of people donating small amounts to reach a final target – in our case $7,000 (roughly £4,500). We need this money to fund our show, and in return we can offer lots of unusual rewards.
It would be much appreciated if you could contribute to the campaign. Any small amount will help us greatly and a bigger contribution would really help the show take off the ground (literally!).
I am so lucky to know so many awesome, creative and generous circus geeks, and I will be forever grateful for any contributions!
Even if you can’t contribute, it would still be very helpful if you could share the campaign so that we reach as many people as possible. Facebook, twitter, email, word of mouth, links on website – it’s all good!
Please help support new circus!