The Birmingham Youth Circus
Serious Technical & Creative Training for young people 11-17Yrs
Sunday 1pm -4pm
Next Audition: 16th January at 11am – 1pm.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place on the audition.
Monthly Subscription £60
BYC Coaches Micheal, Penny, Ben, Joe & Lizzi + Visiting Professionals
£720 annual subscription. Payment is split over 12 months of the year for 36 weekly sessions (term-time). If participants join half way through a month, they will be charged from the following month. 30-day cancellation. BYC is an auditioned programme.
Past BYC Projects…
Dream way too big and forget not your purpose but live every day like your life is a circus.
What do we learn in BYC…
Technical Skill Building
Everyone have a personal plan. We work with participants individually to set goals and develop strength, flexibility, technical skill and keep a healthy mind and body. We’re a CAT scheme partner of the National Centre for Circus Arts which puts talented young circus performers into funded training for 18+ hours a week. Auditions are held every year.
Creative & Critical Thinking
Members are encouraged to think outside of the box technically and creatively. They research and develop their personal acts and have opportunities for showcase and feedback. We create a collaborative environment for learning where everyone feels valued.
Each year we go on outings to introduce young people to the thriving arts scene in the UK and the innovative shows that are being created. We develop with them an appreciation of arts and culture and bring that back to develop within our shows.
The Collective are young creatives that want to make change. We meet every Monday to discuss social issues and work on turning circus into projects that can help the world.
Dream T-Shirts, Varsity Jackets & Training Bags
Once upon a circus
I always loved gymnastics, dance and theatre. Any excuse to show off! So I leapt at the chance to join a cultural exchange programme in America and spend the summer at circus school. It was the perfect worry-free life; setting up a show, making people happy and then doing it all over again. Year after year, I went back. We travelled across 35 different states, living in trailers, buses and hotels. It was the circus life of books and childhood dreams. But I worried about where I was going next. I wanted a career so I started by trying to get a job. With no qualifications and no clue what I was looking for, I struggled.
So I did what I knew and loved, and in 2011 started a circus class (with one member). And just like that, Circus Mash was born. 10 years later, one class became forty and Circus Mash is the heart of Birmingham’s community circus; my inner mood board painted across the city.
But it didn’t stop there. Creating shows and performing were always on my mind. So, inspired by my love of fashion and creativity, House of Mash emerged. A way to share dance, song and spoken word in all its hope and glory. And to showcase the incredible young people who inspire me every single day
Joe Fearn, Founder and Director