Circus Around and About is a pilot project, devised by partners Crying Out Loud and Take Art and supported with project funding from Arts Council England.
Three UK circus companies alongside one Moroccan work together to make a circus offer of four outdoor shows, presented as double bills, to rural promoters in the South West. The partners will support the development of the work to present 28 outdoor performances across the South West rural touring network.
Circus Around & About is bringing high quality, small-scale, family friendly circus to village communities in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset from July through to September and is a partnership between Somerset-based Take Art and London-based Crying Out Loud.
‘This pilot project takes more circus to more people across the South West. Crying Out Loud is very happy to be collaborating with Take Art and the Rural Touring schemes to further develop the network reaching new communities who’ve not experienced contemporary circus in this way before.’
Rachel Clare, Artistic Director, Crying Out Loud
Following the impact of Covid-19 on community life, Circus Around & About offers a varied selection of circus double bills in outdoor locations. Each outdoor event will feature two shows by extraordinary national and international touring companies.
‘On behalf of the south west rural touring agencies, I am delighted to be developing a circus touring project with Crying Out Loud. For some time I have felt these two worlds have much to offer each other and this pilot gives us the opportunity to reach audiences hungry to re-engage with live performance.’
Ralph Lister, Executive Director, Take Art