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Circomedia, St Pauls, Bristol
Circomedia 2, St Pauls, Bristol

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Bristol's world-renowned circus school also hosts some of its most impressive theatrical performances

There’s no better opportunity to swing from the rafters than at this converted church in St Paul’s, now home to Bristol’s internationally famous circus school Circomedia.

Some of Bristol’s most jaw-dropping productions take place here on Portland Square, only a few hundred yards away from Cabot Circus’ cathedral of commerce, in a wedding cake church that was converted and saved from dilapidation in 2005 by the Churches Conservation Trust. Inside, circus has replaced religion, with the high ceilings perfect for showcasing some extraordinary talents.

Student performances are an annual highlight, in particular the graduate shows. And there’s certainly a lot more than just juggling – although, when done well, that can also be lots of fun – with 'Beta Circus' by Circus Geeks (mixing juggling with TED talks) set to prove this in 2015. Other shows to look forward to in the year ahead also include 'In the Middle With You' by Hagit Yakira Dance and the wordless 'Nursing Lives' by full-mask theatre company Vamos.

By: Betty James


Venue name: Circomedia
Address: Portland Square
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