Circomedia was founded over ten years ago by two people: physical theatre expert, Bim Mason and choreographer and performer Helen Crocker. It rose out of the ashes of Fooltime, Britain’s first ever circus school – and ever since has attracted students from all over the world. It is different from many circus schools as there is a heavy emphasis on combining traditional circus skills with physical theatre and creativity. It is this approach to performance that has led to Circomedia being acknowledged as a centre of excellence worldwide.
Circomedia is based in Bristol England, a vibrant city with perhaps the highest concentration of circus and theatre performers in the UK. The school has two sites; The leafy premises of a former Victorian school on the outskirts of Bristol and the recently restored St Paul’s Church in Portland Square. This new centre in the heart of the city has just been refurbished by the Church’s Conservation Trust thanks to a 2.3 million GBP Heritage Lottery Grant.
Circomedia offers a number of courses, including a 1 year diploma course, a 2 year professional training course, teacher training courses, introductory courses, workshops, and other events. They also produce performances and events in their church space, and book talent through their in-school talent agency. A wide range of disciplines are studied including, trapeze, juggling, acrobatics and physical theatre.
Circomedia is known in the UK as the RADA of Circus– which is quite a high compliment.
To find out more about Circomedia’s programs, please visit their website listed below: