HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I was studying Theatre at Uni and began training physical theatre with Gavin Robins. I then went on to start trapeze training with Rodleigh Stevens in 2001. I was one of his first students at the time. I trained in static trapeze, lyra and flying trapeze and double trapeze. I went on to become a freelance performer and also became Head Trainer at Flipside Circus 2005-2010. I was also Artistic Director at Flipside 2009-2010.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Since leaving Flipside I have completed my Masters with Honours Thesis; “How circus training can enhance the emotional, creative and physical well-being of children with autism” I have also opened my own circus school that specialises in teaching circus to autistic children. I have also continued my work as a freelance trainer and choreographer. This year I will begin my PhD in the History of Contemporary Circus in Australia for which I have been awarded a post graduate scholarship,
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
Circus is my life. I would be lost without it. I have the words “Damn Everything but the Circus” tattooed on my leg, so that about sums up what circus means to me!
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Working alongside Reg Bolton, he has inspired me on so many levels and continues to do so. Also having the opportunity to use my art form to help kids who need light and positive energy in their lives is a huge joy and privilege
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I always wanted to be a marine biologist but couldn’t sit still in marine science class…..
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Swinging Lyra with hand and footloop. I love the feeling of flying and spinning at the same time, it is my form of meditation
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
In 5 years I will have completed my PhD and will have it published into a book and will hopefully still be hanging upside down off stuff.
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Circus makes the world a better place. It changes how we see ourselves and each other. It brings joy and light through entertainment, it creates community, builds confidence and creativity.