In spring 2017, for the first time in a generation, Let’s Circus took the art of circus performance to one of the most amazing locations in the UK – the Shetland Isles, a unique place of peace, pure air and wide open spaces.
In April we did some preliminary shows and appearances at the Shetland Folk Festival, before starting our tour of the isles. We visited Mid Yell, Whalsay, Brae, Aith and Sandwick, before setting up the Magpie Tent in Lerwick for our final sold-out shows.
Over 1,500 schoolchildren took part in the outreach program of workshops and school visits, from Unst, Yell, Fetlar, Whalsay, Fair Isle, Foula and across the mainland from Dunrossness to North Roe.
Specialists had a great opportunity to receive CPD training. In the framework of this project we also provided circus volunteering opportunities for our young arts enthusiasts, with 8 volunteers helping out over the month with rigging, tech, lighting, front of house duties, running schools workshops and learning some circus skills themselves 🙂
Here are some references from audience:
“Both my lasses took part in the workshops in Mid Yell and loved it, brilliant to bring something different to the schools.”
“The children loved the workshops, the performers had patience and humour which made the children feel at ease.”
Project Lifetime: 1 month
Location: Shetland Isles