July 10, 2015
I’m not sure if it was a coincidence or through word of mouth, but just before my multi-media performance on the John Bishop Show was released on the BBC, I was invited to hula hoop live on the Blue Peter show…
It was so last minute, everything literally happened within a few hours, and that included running from London to Manchester to live TV, whilst beating a tube strike, in true ninja style… BOOM, HOOP, BANG!
You bet I got a Blue Peter badge for that!
Many thanks to everyone at the BBC Bridge House Manchester, it was great fun!
December 5, 2012
“It is the unhappy marriage of physicality and mental instability that enables Box of Frogs to convey a visceral, memorable experience. While not a typically delightful tale, the generous range of performances ensures that the sheer joy of going to the circus is not abandoned.” From a review by Terri-Anne Teo for remotegoat.co.uk
In Autumn 2012, I continued the journey I started with Stumble danceCircus and toured the UK with the ensemble show ‘Box of Frogs’, directed by Mish Weaver.
We started at the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, which was an absolute pleasure and honour to be performing at.
The tour continued and we performed in:
Preston (Preston Guild Festival in Expo Tent)
Devon (The Landmark, Ilfracombe)
Stockton-on Tees (ARC, Stockton Arts Centre)
Leeds (The Carriageworks)
Scotland (Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock)
“Box of Frogs is a circus show with a difference. 5 acrobats and 2 musicians play with the audience’s expectations from their own perspective of mental ill-health and performance, against a back drop of filmic illusions.”
Based on an exploration of Mish Weaver’s personal experience of bipolar disorder, the performance illustrates her take on the feelings, thoughts and behavior that are part of the condition through the medium of circus itself..
Photos taken by Steve Eggleton.
Two lovely short films were made by people at www.thespace.org, as part of the Push Me Collection series, to illustrate how Stumble danceCircus pushed us, the performers, out of our comfort zone, to reach previously unattained goals in ‘Box of Frogs’.
February 6, 2012
In October 2011, I started working with Stumble danceCircus on a very different circus – theatre show, ‘Box of Frogs’. Under the direction of Mish Weaver, I joined another 4 circus performers and 2 musicians to explore Bipolar disorder and the connections between mental health and performance. After an extremely interesting and emotional first month of creation, we premiered the show at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London. We will be bringing a newly developed version of the show back to the stage, in April 2012, so come and check it out: http://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/whats-on/event/2012/box-of-frogs
December 20, 2010
In December 2010, I was selected to take part in the 2nd International Circus Festival at the Düsseldorf Airport. The talented performers came from all over the world to share a very unusual and exciting day at the German airport.
The whole departure hall in the terminal was used as the performing area, which provided an extraordinary and impressive backdrop as well as free entertainment for the transient audience.
We performed in front of a top-class jury of circus experts, including the Director of GOP Varieté Essen, who awarded prize money, engagements by GOP Varieté Essen and by Et Cetera Varieté Bochum as well as prizes in kind from Jack Wolfskin. Although we were measuring ourselves in a competition, the atmosphere was very friendly and all the artists were very supportive of each other.