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Brighton Visitor – Brighton & Hove, Sussex, UK | April 23, 2018

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The Circus Project

Brighton Visitor
  • On February 28, 2011

The Circus Project aims to give everyone the opportunity to try circus skills, and to promote new work and new ideas in contemporary circus. Emma Taylor is Founder and Director of the project, a registered charity now in its tenth year. She is a trained trapeze artist and actress who set up The Circus Project after moving to Brighton and discovering that there were no training facilities for circus artists in the city.

Specialising in aerial circus, the project runs weekly classes where adults can learn static trapeze, rope and silks. Once competent and confident enough, adults can then apply to come to the popular drop-in “open practice” sessions to practise everything they’ve learnt in the classes.

The project looks after Brighton & Hove Youth Circus, a group of highly-skilled young circus artistes aged 14 – 19 years who have represented the UK at International Circus Festivals, and performed original circus theatre shows all over the UK.

In all, The Circus Project trains over 70 children every week, who get to perform little shows and cabarets at Hangleton Community Centre, where the project is based.

The project is a useful resource for the growing number of professional circus artists living in Brighton & Hove. Providing advice, low-cost rehearsal space and the loan of aerial equipment, the project is keen to see the work of local professional artists flourish and develop.


Adults Aerial Circus Class – Beginners: Every Friday 6.45-8pm £8

A friendly and supportive drop-in class for adults. Suitable for all levels including total beginners. All ages (over 16) and abilities welcome. Rope, trapeze and silks. Just turn up.

Adults Aerial Circus Class – Intermediates: Every Monday 7.30-8.45pm £8

A more challenging class for those who can move confidently around the trapeze and climb a rope. Rope, trapeze and silks. Just turn up.

Open Practise Every Friday 10-11.30am £5

For those able to train safely on their own. Good level of safety awareness and aerial competence essential.


Adults Trapeze Taster for Total & Utter Beginners

Saturday 9 April 3.30pm-5pm £12

A gentle workshop for adults aged 15-100yrs! All abilities welcome and absolutely no experience needed. Learn the basics of static trapeze. Much more fun than the gym.

Limited places – hurry to secure yours!

Trapeze Taster for Children aged 7-12

Saturday 9 April 1.30pm-3pm £10

A fun and friendly workshop for total beginners. Learn how to sit and stand on the trapeze bar, then learn “moves” like Spider, Bird’s Nest and Catchers. Limited places – hurry to secure yours!


There are just a FEW places on our youth programme which you could nab if you are quick!

Trapeze, rope, silks and performance every week in term time.
Sundays 4-5.15pm 7-10yrs and 5.15-6.30pm 10yrs+

Mondays 6.15-7.30pm for 9-13 yrs

Tuesdays 4.15-5.30pm for 7yrs+

Hangleton Community Centre, Harmsworth Crescent, Hove BN3 8BW
  • Buses 5, 5a, 5b