Saturday 2 February 7.30pm
Circomedia is the centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre based in Bristol.
Initially called 'Fool Time', re-named in 1994 and became the UK’s first full-time circus school. They are proud to offer space for students to explore circus and physical theatre, creating new and exciting work. Out of the Loop is the centre's 2019 graduate show and features the following cast of performers:
Jamie is the one with the moustache. Fuelled by matrimonial love and handstands. If there’s something that needs to be done, Jamie has probably already done it. Invite him to your house and he will probably fix something or rearrange your chairs. He may be the eldest one in the company but he does have a pretty twirly moustache.
Role: Rigging, Lighting and Performer
Ruby grew up in Brighton, where her parents found her dangling from her bunk bed by her toes and foresaw a bright future. But she thinks it's the world thats upside down, not her. She plans to resolve this by flinging herself about on a trapeze and voicing her opinions loudly. She is interested in accessibility within circus and wants to use comedy to trick people into watching political work.
Role: Ensemble Director, Stage manager and Performer
Alex is originally from Romford in Essex. At 14 he was introduced to fire performing and since starting Circomedia Alex has found himself fixation towards circus arts. From talents in juggling, movement, clowning and manipulation. Theres not a lot Alex can’t do. In need of some music? never fear when Alex is here, this walking music machine will use his talents of vocal percussion any place any time.
Role: Sound and Performer
Jacob is from London uk. He first started circus at 5years old in Seattle than traveled to London. Has a wide range of skills but focuses on aerial and contortion. A huge love for Halloween, cirque du soleil and roller coasters!
Role: Assistant stage manager and performer
Ellissa can never decide. Her circus adventure began with training corde lisse, but then became obsessed with juggling, oo..but duo trapeze was pretty fun too! Eventually she settled on acrobatics as her main focus...for now. Ellissa isn’t very good at keeping still or being quiet so she is happiest when she is dancing or upside down. Smallest, wishing she was the tallest.
Role: Online Marketing, Film/Photography, Musician, Hair and Performer
After securing the lead role in her nativity play aged 5, Bethany made her debut appearance as an over enthusiastic Mary. She was applauded for her high speed and volume and she swang baby Jesus round her head on the way to Bethlehem. Since then Bethany has gone on to discover dance and music and age 20, after the birth of her daughter, the door to the circus opened. Bethany started performing aerial hoop but quickly found a love for acrobatics, She is interested in combining her two passions; live music with circus.
Role: Ensemble Director, Costume, Musician, Hair and Performer
Thorne started circus at 12, everyone thought it was the perfect hobby for a teenage boy. Now, nearly ten years later, he’s studied at The National Centre for Circus Arts and Circomedia as well as being involved with a chain of external projects. Taking his love for playground roundabouts to a new level, Thorne specialised in Cyr Wheel. No – he doesn’t get dizzy (anymore) No – he hasn’t crushed his fingers (yet). Yes – it is heavy, it weighs 21kg (approximately the same as ten chihuahuas or 140 bananas). Thorne started teaching circus and performing fire at festivals on his home turf, the Isle of Wight, from the age of 14 before moving to London at 19 to evolve his hobby into a career.
Role: Arc director, Rigger assistant, film/photography and performer
From the deep forests of Norway comes Freya. Freya specialises in picking people up. Mostly those who are bigger than her. Even though she started youth circus at 12, she still can't juggle. She has, however, found a passion for hat manipulation, and has created a unique style combining movement and flare. Freya dabbles in fun and carelessness but her heart lies in the political in performance. Her goals for the future is to create ensemble based acrobatic work and disassemble patriarchy.
Role: Stage manager, Costume and Performer
Freya began training in the circus arts in 2012 following 6 years spinning fire from the age of 13. Originally from the sleepy village of Mount Hawke in Cornwall, she trained and taught in Falmouth with Circo Kernow and Swamp Circus before travelling north the creative circus hub of Bristol to study at Circomedia. Freya specialises in duo acrobatics as a base whilst continuing to enjoy performing static trapeze and dabbling in prop manipulation and equilibristics. Freya can hang a spoon from her nose and make sound come out of a wine glass at the same time. When she isn’t training circus you can find her skating around Bristol on her longboard, crocheting a multitude of scarves or singing Toto’s Africa at the top of her voice.
Role: Printing, Publishing Marketing, Musician and Performer
Poppy specialises in juggling and circus theatre, during her time at Circomedia she has fallen in love with dance and movement as a way of choreographing her juggling in a unique style. Before circomedia, emer volunteered with social circus charity, Performers without borders. Shr plans to continue her social circus mission after graduating and in the future hopes to create circus theatre shows with an environmental message. She enjoys ensemble creation and devising as well as having an aesthetic eye for directing. Out of the loop is the perfect place for her to put to skills to use.
Role: Arc director, costume and performer
Scarlett is primarily from a theatre background, entertaining the idea of becoming a professional pretender from the age of 7. It wasn’t until slightly later she discovered the joy of integrating it with her other passions; hula hooping, club passing and playing the harp to name a few. She LOVES games and exploring how these can be the centre point of her work. After graduating she aims to continue developing immersive work where the audience become a part of the performance; inviting them to play games, solve puzzles or have control over the performer on stage.
Role: Company manager, Musician & Performer