Thursday 24th March 2022
Age recommendation 16+
Circomedia Portland Square
2hr 30 mins including discussions between performances
VOLT is Bristol’s long-running circus scratch night, welcoming emerging circus creators to the stage to share their works in progress. Watch, discover, and feed back!
Established in 2013 in partnership with Ausform, VOLT is now produced by Circomedia and takes place twice a year at our professional St Paul’s venue. We receive applications from artists at various stages in their careers, working across a range of disciplines and artistic formats, but all working on exciting new work. Five acts are chosen by a panel of industry professionals to present their work to a warm and welcoming audience, receive feedback on their pieces, and showcase their skills to the wider circus community.
VOLT is a unique opportunity for the audience to be part of the circus artist’s process: you’ll have the chance to take part in live discussions with the artists, and offer written feedback as well. You’ll also get to see a huge variety of circus-based work spanning the traditional and peculiar, the serious and comedic, solo pieces, duets, and ensembles, all packed into one evening!
Thank you to our VOLT Spring 2022 panellists:
Nicole A’Court-Stuart (Senior Creative Producer, Bristol Circus City)
Billy Alwen (Artistic Director, Cirque Bijou)
Nicolas Young (Chief Executive, Circomedia)
The seating configuration for our performances is flexible, but as standard, our main seating area is raked. The front rows are level and accessible, and aisle seats are available. Please get in touch to reserve seats in these rows if required.
Please note that seating in our Gallery is accessed via a flight of stairs and is not accessible for audience members who may find stairs difficult or impractical.
Wheelchair and Step-Free Entrance
We have ramped access to our auditorium and level access to our toilets. If you require a wheelchair space or step-free access to your seat in our auditorium then please let us know in advance of the performance. Simply give us a call on 0117 924 7615 or email email@example.com.
Wheelchair and step-free access can be found at our side entrance. We use What 3 Words to give you an exact location on a map. Follow the link below to find this entrance.
Side Entrance Exact Location: https://what3words.com/mostly.ledge.chop
Main Entrance: Stepped Access
For performances, our main double doors serve as the principle entrance. This entrance consists of three steps up to the Box Office foyer, and three further steps up to the main building. We use What 3 Words to give you an exact location on a map. Follow the link below to find this entrance.
Main Entrance Exact Location: https://what3words.com/total.offer.native
The Line-Up (In Alphabetical Order)
Amy has been creating weird and wacky performances throughout her own time at Circomedia and now has been dipping her toes into the world of compèring and is excited to share her strange way of thinking with you. Amy first joined us in Autumn 2021 to compère the last iteration of VOLT, and she’s delighted to be coming back for more!
Bristol-based artist Anna shares a hair raising and mesmerising solo.
Suppress And Do Not Address
Charlotte Greenstock & Rowen Kimpton
Suppress and Do Not Address is a circus comedy piece about not dealing with your emotions. Through stand-up, absurdism, movement, and a really cool handshake, Rowen and Charlotte present an extract from their new show.
Ou Est Sa Tête
Ou Est Sa Tête sees two circus artists explore the female body in a performance context: What are the expectations of performing women? Listen to the inner monologue and daily struggles of feeling as though femininity has to be performed, and the consequences feared for performing it. Expect absurdity and interdisciplinary circus as two women search for their heads…
Valentina is a seriously silly foot-juggler who is having a bad hair day.
On stage and ready, suddenly something seems to be off…It is her ponytail which is determined to steal the limelight taking centre stage right across her face! There is nothing left to do, but to make the most of it, in the best way that a juggling-clown could. Through tangles, tricks and battling through split ends come witness the valiant effort of woman against the betrayal of her very own hairstyle.