Maia Ayling After leaving Circomedia, Maia went to Paris to continue her education and develop as a performer. We talked to Maia about where her Circomedia training took her. When did you study with Circomedia and which course? I studied on the FDA 2010 - 2012. I specialised in acrobatics and physical theatre. In my second year I also started training rope in the evenings... What did studying with Circomedia mean to you – i.e. how did it help you develop as a performer? At Circomedia I developed my physical strength and technique. I had a background in dance and theatre, but very little 'circus', so I learned a huge amount in my two years. With such a range of modules, it really opened my eyes to the breadth of possibilities within the world of physical performance. What happened after you left Circomedia? Where did your career take you? Alongside working for small circus and theatre companies I started creating my own work, exploring new avenues and defining my own style. I joined forces with a designer and mask maker, Lizzie Watts to create our company, Thimble Theatre. More recently, I have turned my attention back on my personal skill set and, with a slightly clearer idea of what I was trying to achieve, decided to study some more. I spent a year at Central School of Speech and Drama before moving to Paris last September to study at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. What kind of work do you endeavour to create? What are your aims for your creative work? The dream is to make work that honours both theatre and circus, seamlessly combing the two and - essentially - displaying a high skill level in both disciplines. What would your message to be to someone considering studying with Circomedia? I definitely look back on my time at Circomedia as some of the best years of my life (so far). The course gave me a broad understanding of circus and theatre, and the people I met there are truly some of the most creative people I have come across. The teachers at Circomedia opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and paths I could take. It's an intense course that involves a lot of self-motivation to get the most out of it, but it gave me a bunch of skills and some of the best memories I have.