Introducing ‘The Magpie’, the new mobile theatre chapiteau from Let’s Circus
In 2015 our vision of owning and touring our own circus venue became a reality. With investment from our community through a successful crowdfunder programme, the generosity of Arts Council England and many years of savings, we were able to commission the design and build of our own home for circus. Designed by Australia’s ‘Safari Tents’, the structure is now the UK’s most compact fully functional circus tent.
As The Circus that runs away to join you, we can now bring along a mobile theatre, community centre, educational building and palace of arts!
A venue for more than circus – The Magpie is a roaming arts centre
From it’s inception, The Magpie had community benefit at it’s heart. Paid for in part with community donations, this venue exists to give happiness to people across the UK. Our goal is to deliver that.
Steve Cousins, Artistic Director
Full in house circus productions
We provide solo and ensemble shows from our in-house team of artists and will be touring a full international production in Summer 2015.
Summer School and Community residencies
The tent allows us to waterproof our creative community residencies where young people and adults participate in high quality circus arts tuition schemes. Being able to locate the venue within their local environment promotes a wide participant base, and not limit our activities to those who regularly seek out creative activities and cultural venues. Where do you want your facilities located?
Corporate and Event Hospitality
The tent makes a great venue for dinner functions, event catering and corporate parties, either attached to another venue, or as a stand-alone. And who better to provide the entertainment than the circus….
About the Tent
Designed for ease of use, The Magpie is classed as a pop-up tent. It can be erected in just over 3 hours from a team of five, and rigged as a theatre and performance venue in another 3. Set up with basic bench seating and covered bails it comfortably fits 180-200 people. Festival-style, incorporating floor seating, seats and standing room, it has fit 400! The compact size allows audiences to experience productions in a close-range, high impact way. As a workshop and outreach venue it is perfectly suited to accommodate 50 people undertaking various disciplines of circus arts.
It is best sited on flat level grass, but brownfield sites are also an option. Hard standing can be accommodated with various ballast options.
- Internal dimensions = 14m long x 10.5m wide
- 8m King Pole height, 6.5m internal rigging height
- Different wing and back stage configurations possible
The structure can also be rigged as a 10.5m round tent, meanwhile the king poles and rigging bar can be erected without the tent skin, as an outdoor aerial rig. This multi-use system will allow versatility for our company and the wider sector.
Including technical specifications and hire costs (PDF, 2MB):
Let’s Circus Big Top Hire
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The Pink Flamingo
The Pink Flamingo (13.5m x 9.5m) offers a unique compact venue option, and valuable wet weather contingency. Its simple design makes it erectable by a small team in a few hours, and it can be pitched on any flat soft stand. It can be hired as a skin only deal, or can be kitted out with everything that is needed to make a full mobile theatre – sound, lights, seats, stage, backstage facilities, aerial rigging, etc. Seated in different layouts it will accommodate 100+ people.
A smaller version of the Magpie, The Flamingo is available for single day hire as well as longer stands.
Outdoor Performance Ring
Designed to bring the atmosphere and focus of a circus ring to the outdoors, our modular set-up can be arranged in different ways to fit the needs of each location and production. Always sited to maximise audience sightlines and comfort, the performance ring makes a big impact on urban spaces and creates a visual performance zone.
For fully operational production facilities we can provide silent generator, backstage, site dressing, seating, outdoor sound equipment, outdoor theatrical lighting, low stage and dance floor.
Available as infrastructure only, or allow us to programme the space with fantastic acts.
Download our brochure and costings PDF here The Let’s Circus Performance Ring