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OCKHAM'S RAZOR

Founded in 2004 by Circomedia graduates, Ockham's Razor are now the UKs leading aerial theatre company. They aim to combine circus and visual theatre to make work that is arresting and entertaining.

www.ockhamsrazor.co.uk

 

 

 

PANGOTTIC CIRCUS THEATRE

Formed in 2008 Pangottic Circus Theatre consists of juggler, physical  performer and Circomedia tutor Matt Pang and physical theatre performer and dancer Revital Gottshalk. They focus on intergrating theatre, movement, mime and circus.

www.pangottic.com

 

 

 

THE PLAY PEOPLE

Founded in 2008 by their current artistic director Mike Bell. The company are creative producers of events, flashmobs and happenings. Thay also provide educational and teambuilding workshops in circus.

www.theplaypeople.com

 

 

 

GREEN EYED ZERO

Formed by Rachel Pollard and Sebastien Valade in 2005. The pair met at Circomedia and their mutual love of innovative performance led them to create Green Eyed Zero. Intergrating contemporary circus, physical theatre and digital media they both challenge and stimulate their audiences through the use of unconventional theatrical methods.

www.greeneyedzero.com

 

 

Good Fer Nothing Circus

Set up by graduates Daniel Neale, Chloe Mantripp and Kate Dunsby. Good Fer Nothing are an in your face punk circus theatre company using live music, aerial juggling, poi, tumbling and slack rope.

 

 

 

 

 

Truan Jay Mathias

Truan now performs with fire and cabaret acts nationally and internationally as well as working with Can’t Sit Still. He is also a teacher with Organised Kaos Youth Circus in Wales.

www.truanjaymathias.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Lucy Spielberg

Lucy performs and teaches a variety of acts from juggling to balloon artistry for a wide range of audiences and corperate clients.

www.lucyspielberg.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Turkey Productions

Graduates Mike McCallum and Chloe Mantripp set up Cold Turkey Productions a new and exciting circus theatre company who look at everyday life with a very cynical and darkly hilarious eye. As well as the company both Mike and Chloe have been performing aerial and acrobatics independently for festivals, venues and corporate clients.

www.mikemccallum.co.uk / www.chloemantripp.co.uk

 

 

 

Rachel Baird

Rachel is now an independent circus artists, performing aerial, acro, Chinese Pole and walkabout acts for events and festivals both nationally and internationally.

www.rachelbaird.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Lawrence and Iona Godbold

Having worked as acro and aerial partners throughout their final year at Circomedia, Chris and Iona have gone on to further their training at Fonty’s Academy for Circus and Performance (ACAPA) in Holland.

www.chrisandiona.com

 

 

 

 

Oli Ward

Following his graduation Oli was successful in securing a business loan through a government backed start up scheme and set up the Oxford Circus Academy. OCA now teaches a mixture of acrobatics, tumbling and aerial skills on a weekly basis at four venues across Oxfordshire.

www.oxfordcircusacademy.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Sophie Cain

Sophie has spent three months in Dubai, Abu Dabi and Bahrain as an aerialist and burlesque performer with Cirque Le Soir. Since returning to the UK she has been working as a burlesque performer with a variety of acts.

www.sophiecain.weebly.com

 

 

 

 

Kate Dunsby

Kate now performs and creates work with Good Fer Nothing Circus and works as an independent aerial artist for festivals and eventsacross the country.

www.katedunsby.com

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t Sit Still Circus Theatre

Can't Sit Still is an emerging physical and circus theatre company, creating new, devised, mostly outdoor work. We like telling stories, being silly, taking physical risks, playing, failing and trying again, being honest, being imperfect, pushing ourselves to the boundaries of what we think is possible and then pushing a little bit more. Thanks to ACE funding, Can't Sit Still's first full length show, 'A Small Chance of Showers', will tour to Street Festivals and events from summer 2014 onwards.

www.cantsitstill.net

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Boot

As well as developing work with new company Can’t Sit Still, Catherine is Circus Producer for Theatre Bristol and teaches physical theatre and circus workshops for a number of organisations, companies and festivals.

www.catherineboot.com

 

 

 

 

MARK MORREAUX

Mark graduated from Circomedia's predecessor Fool Time in 1988. Following this he toured with Snapdragon, Zippos and NoFit State Circuses, before working on the Millennium Dome show and more recently the Olympic Ceremonies. He has also worked on and off at Circus Space forthe last 20 years. He packed his trunk and ran away from circus 10 years ago and is now making videos and taking photos... of circus.

www.morreaux.com

 

CAROLINE DREAM

Caroline graduated from Circomedia's predecessing school Fool Time in 1987. Clown, teacher and author. For more than 25 years she's worked with clowning from the inside out and the outside in. She now lives in Spain and but works all over the world. 

www.carolinedream.com

 

CAPTAIN FRODO

A Guiness World Record holding, freelance comic contortionist working with La Clique, Circus Oz and touring worldwide.

 

BOOM CIRCUS THEATRE

Established by gradutes Richard Casemore, Rachel Fox, Janine Mahon and Tom Hunt, Boom Circus share a desire to create new and exciting pieces of storytelling with original musical scores, acrobatics and phsyical theatre. Richard and Rachel are currently continuing their studies at the University of Dance and Circus in Sweden.

www.boomcircus.co.uk

 

TUMBLE CIRCUS

Founded by Ken Tanning and Tina Segner, Tumble Circus, turning circus on it's head. Their show 'This is What We Do for a Living' won the Adelaide Fringe Festival award for Best Circus show in 2012. They have toured extensively worldwide.

www.tumblecircus.com

 

AL SEED

Al is the Artistic Director of Conflux in Glasgow, a founding member of Physical Theatre Scotland and a Creative Associate of The Arches, Glasgow. He also creates solo and collaborative work which drawn on clown, buffoon and mask work combined with original text.

www.alseed.net

 

SHANA MILLER-KENNEDY

Shana founded The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts in 2008 and is still Artistic Director there. The school is the only one of its kind in Philadelphia teaching both aerial skills and juggling as well physical theatre.

 

GONZO MOOSE THEATRE COMPANY

Founded by Circomedia graduate Mark Conway, Gonzo Moose Theatre  is a popular stage comedy company, renowned for its accessible brand of improvisation, music, physical theatre and clowning. They have been receiving regular Arts Council Funding for their productions for 10 years.

www.gonzomoose.co.uk

 

TOM WAINWRIGHT

Tom is a solo performer and playwright currently produced by The Bristol Old Vic. In 2010 he was invited onto the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme and invited back to join the Autumn Studio Group. He was also editor of Bristol's Venue magazine in 2012.

 

JILTED PIG CIRCUS THEATRE

Alice Ellerby & Becky Illsley formed Jilted Pig circus theatre. Thier current ACE funded production A Cosy Murder is to be performed as part of Circomedia's Autumn Season 2013.

www.jiltedpig.com

 

GONZALO ARIAS

Gonzalo is the manager of The Jugglers Association and director of The Carampa Circus School in Madrid, Spain. 

www.carampa.com

 

TUMBELLINA INTERNATIONAL

Circomedia graduate Rachel Furlong is Director of Tumbellina International a troupe of international, professional acrobats touring worldwide some of whom are other Circomedia graduates.

www.tumbellina.com

 

MATILDA LEYSER 

Matilda is a performer and aerial innovator who has worked with different companies most notably the Royal National Theatre & Improbable Theatre.

www.matildaleyser.co.uk

 

FULL STOP ACROBATIC THEATRE

Set up by graduates Wibbe & Vicki Pompe the award winning Full Stop Acrobatic Theatre

www.fullstopacrobatics.com

 

DAVID ERIKSSON

David is a core juggler and acrobat working with Circ Cirkor in Sweden. www.davidandfofo.com

 

OWEN REYNOLDS & MALTER SEINMETZ

Owen and Malter are core performers with the UKs top juggling company Gandini. www.gandinijuggling.com

 

JONATHAN PRIEST

Jonathan is a solo aerial performer and teacher of aerial at Circomedia and DOCH in Sweden. He also found Fan-Atticks international Contemporary Circus company and is Associate Artist of Bristol based producing house Ausform.

www.fan-atticks.com

 

PASCHALE STRAITON

Paschale  is a comic performer and director of Red Herring Productions creating outdoor theatre performances and installations.

 www.redherringproductions.co.uk  

 

PADDY WATERS

Paddy is a trick cyclist with Stumble Dance Circus, various other companies and solo. He describes himself as 'a man, machine and everything in between.'

www.paddywaters.com

 

SUSPENDED MOTION

Set up by Danuta Ramas and Ian Henderson Suspended Motion are an acrobatic duo based in Edinburgh.

www.suspendedmotionuk.com

 

STEVE RYAN

Steve is an aerial performer and director interesting converging forms of art, dance, theatre and circus.

www.steveryan.co.uk

 

JONAS ZELLAR

Jonas works as a juggler with Circus Knie (Switzerland's largest circus) and Circus Monty.

 

CHINA FISH

China is a performer with Circus to Palestine in which she and another performaer travelled to Palestone performing 75 showsin 7 weeks in refugee camps, UNWRA schools, streets and parks.Performing to over 80,000 children.

 

Seamus Clancy

Seamus is now an aerial performer with Above and Beyond and a circus teacher at Emerge Community Arts in Plymouth.

 

OTHER ALUMNI INCLUDE...

Darryl Carrington  & Gemma Michael touring worldwide with Batman Live.

Sam Charlton & Reuben Hosler touring worldwide with Cirque Eloize.

Danny Chase, aerialist permed with Batman Live, Tarzan and Love Never Dies (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Deb Kumar A physical theatre actor in India.

Kate Webb, head of Circomedia's BTEC course & Heather Keskinen an aerial teacher at Circomedia.

Gareth Bailey an aerial performer & teacher.

Liz Hart – mask maker and puppeteer

Annette Gliwa & Rob des Forges – jugglers, Germany

Sharon Haddock – police forensic scientist