Circus Snapshot

Crying Out Loud

What can we do to ensure a resilient thriving circus sector in the future?

There has been a surge in the quantity and quality of companies, an increase in programming opportunities and a significant increased interest in circus-based performance from audiences across the country. But, in comparison to other art-forms, the sector infrastructure remains limited and there is a need for more high-level advocacy for it to thrive.

Working with a small advisory team, Crying Out Loud commissioned Daisy Drury to lead on a qualitative research project to create a snapshot overview of the subsidised circus sector in England today.

The sector was invited to four Regional Circus Conversations to review the research and create shared proposals to advance the planning, advocacy and actions for the future. Meetings took place in winter 2019 and 2020.

This project is ongoing. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Crying Out Loud and Circus Snapshot teams have been contributing to discussions about the path to recovery for the Arts. Check back here to find out about the next steps for Circus Snapshot and how it can contribute to these conversations.

  • Conversation Dates

    24 October 2019, Trinity Centre, Bristol

    8 November 2019, National Centre for Circus Arts, London

    20 January, 2020, The Lowry, Salford

    31 January 2020, Déda, Derby