Surge Family Circus Weekend
A chance for the whole family to pick up some juggling, clowning and trapeze skills
Time was, you had to run away and join the circus if you wanted to experience the thrill of the tightrope and trapeze. These days, you can stay safe in the bosom of your family and still swing through the air and show off your sense of balance.
Open to all ages and abilities, the Surge Family Circus Weekend is a free, drop-in event being run by Conflux, as part of their week-long programme of street theatre and circus.
‘There are no age restrictions – young, old , come one come all!’ says Conflux’s education and outreach co-ordinator, Barry Henderson. ‘Last year we only ran the event for one day, but because of the success of it and the huge numbers of families it attracted, we’ve decided to make it a full weekend of activities such as juggling, mini tightropes, acrobatics and trapeze.
Conflux has enlisted the help of two Glasgow-based circus arts companies, Theatre Modo and Aerial Edge, to help them with the weekend. Given the large number and range of artists Conflux has worked with since it launched in 2009, what was it about these two that made them right for the job?
‘Both Theatre Modo and Aerial Edge are excellent providers of family events,’ says Henderson, ‘and have vast experience in working with community groups, young people and professionals. They’re great at teaching skills quickly and making sure it’s fun to learn, which is what a weekend like this should be all about. Both companies teach very different skills but each are equally rewarding to learn.’
The Briggait, Glasgow, Sat 23 & Sun 24 Jul.