Circus residency proves sensible choice for employability

Circus launches students' careers

A residency with Circus Sensible has led to employment for some of Edge Hill’s third year Drama and Performing Arts students. Twelve students embraced the opportunity to experience the processes involved in the preparation and production of a circus performance, from assisting with the erection of the big-top tent to taking a bow after the shows grand finale.

This included working with professional circus artists to learn and develop performance skills in the art of juggling, diablo, hat manipulation, hula-hooping, flower sticks, and acrobatics.

The Beyond the Edge show was a sell out, with over 500 spectators attending throughout the course of performances. Local school children and teachers watched the show and also took part in a circus skills workshop delivered by Edge Hill students. Circus Sensible employed students for their summer season and the company looks forward to collaborating further with the University.

“Our strong collaborative relationship with this key arts organisation in the circus sector has been developed with the intention of skilling students to be able to work for the company or others similar. This year we plan to extend the length of the residency to two weeks, with double the number of students involved and also develop a graduate scheme to launch a number of the current third years into the industry.”

Dr Barnaby King, Senior Lecturer in Performance