Circus City has some real treats in store for families this mid-term, perfect for fun-filled Autumnal days off school.


Around is a fun, tender show about the life of a circus troupe as they overcome hardship through collaboration and cooperation.

A drum machine roars, buckets are banged and the vivid sound of an acoustic guitar joins the buzzing of a baritone ukulele in an ‘80s inspired soundtrack created specially for performance.

Featuring a monkey suit and a massive banana, this playful performance mixes circus skills old and new: juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, mime, clownery, blowing bubbles and breakdancing!

“Gentle, engaging and delightful throughout, Around is perfectly-pitched children’s theatre.” – The Reviews Hub

11:00 and 14:00 (25-28 Oct). Relaxed performance: 14:00 (26 Oct). Tickets £9/£32 (family deal)/ Children under 2 go free! 


Squeezy Green's Compendium of Games

Wardrobe Theatre regulars, Squeezy Green and Finney Haddock present this unique two-show special of circus themed games, so come test your skills, take a chance and enjoy being ridiculous.

The hosts will take you through a series of games and challenges. Play from the safety of your seat or take the opportunity to go head to head against another challenger. Squeezy has run plenty of game shows before but now they are throwing circus skills into the mix, so prepare for the unexpected!

This will be a somersaulting big top of an afternoon, with games you wouldn’t necessarily be allowed to play at home. So roll up, roll up: thrills, spills and more fun than you could pack into a popcorn stand.

15:00 on 22 and 29 Oct. Tickets £8/£6/Children under 3 go free! 


Invisible Youth

Invisible Youth invite you to experience a social circus performance, group-devised over five afternoons by the young people from Felix Road Adventure Playground in Easton, assisted by professional circus practitioners from Invisible Youth.

Social circus is a catalyst for change, that uses positive role models to engage at-risk youth and empower them with life skills such as self-esteem, daring, teamwork and perseverance.

As an audience member, you will participate in a promenade performance in a historic venue, off the beaten track. You will witness the community cohesion generated via creative projects and the importance of play and the Arts in the lives of young people, who will be showcasing Easton as a hotbed of authentic talent.

17:30 (27 Oct) and 13:00 (28 Oct). Suggested donation £8. Under 12s go free! 



Announcing our Bristol Cabaret Commission!


We are pleased to announce that the Bristol Cabaret Commission is going to Amy Nicholls!

‘I am really excited to be working with Circus City on this unique cabaret! Come along to see us make complete fools of ourselves!’ – Amy

Bristol based company Lavrak present an interactive comedy cabaret, subtly referencing and celebrating the Bristol culture.

Cirque Du Sillé is a circus show full of mesmerising tricks and stylish quips, each act bursting with character. The range of skill spans from burlesque to ballet and from aerial to acting.  With a comedian compare who seamlessly seals the show together with his witty commentary, developing a relationship with the audience as he auctions off the performers on ebay. Interact or just react to this fun and flirty phenomenon.

Amy’s cabaret event will be showing at Faith Space chapel in central Bristol Redcliffe area – a stones throw from the centre adding another venue to our long list of partners in the city.

BOOK A TICKET and visit the event listing! 


Style, comedy and circus all rolled into one; and so cleverly tied together. I wish I could see it again.’ – Audience member

Performers: Lucinda Zimmer, Emma Catherine, Ollie Jibb, Amy Nicholls, Richard James
Technical: Allie Humphrey
Assistant Producer: Molly Birnie

Company: Lavrak
Director/ Producer: Amy Nicholls

Image by: Jack Matthews



The walls of the iconic Tobacco Factory will be transformed into an immersive, multi-dimensional spectacle on Sunday, October 22nd as part of Circus City. Substratum is a special new show which combines acrobatic dance for vertical surfaces with projection mapped visuals.

Tickets for this unique outdoor event are free and available HERE (limited to two per person). 

Supported by Circus City and Arts Council England, Substratum is a collaboration between Full Tilt Aerial Theatre and creative technologists Limbic Cinema, performed by an international cast and produced by Rowan Fae, with an original composition by Ahmet Kenan Bilgic and Serkan Emre Ciftci.

Performers will move between worlds walking, leaping and flying off the walls, while the surface of the building is transformed between element states: earth, water, light, and air. Hypnotic and arresting by turns, this is a performance that explores boundaries; between bodies and bricks, between gravity and technology, between certainty and impossibility. 

Substratum Facebook event



Telling the poignant and powerful story of Nepalese child trafficking survivors, As a Tiger in the Jungle comes to Circomedia on October 15th and 16th as part of Circus City.

Performers Renu Ghalan and Aman Tamang left their homes in Nepal with dreams of stardom and the promise of limitless opportunity. What followed was a life of slavery, exploitation and abuse in Indian circuses that became their prisons.

As a Tiger in the Jungle is Renu and Aman’s tale of remarkable resilience, hope and optimism. Recounting the story of their lost childhoods, Renu and Aman – who are joined by Vietnamese artist Loan Tp Hoang – use the tiger as a metaphor for their traffickers.

The show is the result of a collaboration between director Sverre Waage, Cirkus Xanti (Norway) and Ali Williams, formerly artistic director of the Welsh circus company NoFit State. In 2013, Ali spent a year working as creative director of Circus Kathmandu – a contemporary circus group made up of 13 young men and women, including Renu and Aman, who were all child trafficking survivors.

As they turned their lives around, Ali was inspired by the young people’s resilience and enthusiasm and their ability to utilise and adapt their hard-won performing skills to make an artistic and social impact.

As a Tiger in the Jungle is a unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music, set to an original score by Per Zanussi.

“We are pleased to have created a meaningful and engaging performance based on true stories from the performers’ lives,” said Ali Williams. “I was inspired by the young artists from Circus Kathmandu and am delighted to be able to employ Aman and Renu in a professional capacity and utilise the skills they learnt in captivity in a positive and empowering way. This gives the performance an authenticity rarely seen on stage today”.



Call out: Circus Voices

Circus City festival is offering and opportunity to take part in a three-day development workshop from 19-21st October 2017, actively exploring critical languages around circus arts and ways to talk about work effectively. Places are FREE (limited capacity). The scheme is run by Kate Kavanaugh of the Circus Diaries in collaboration with Circus City.

Applications must be received by 30th September, but places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis as and when we receive suitable applications.

A full schedule of activity will be available after the application process has closed, and will include visits to The Bekkrell Effect (Thurs 19th), Longshot (Fri 20th) and Swing Circus (Sat 21st).

If you have any queries please email CircusVoices@bristolcircuscity.com.


To find out more about the Circus Diaries go to www.thecircusdiaries.com

Image by Groupe Bekkrell