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‘Annie Says’ – Winter Show Creation!

Welcome to this weeks blog! BYC have been extremely busy with creating our show “The Cabaret Of Bizarre”...let me fill you in all about it... These last few weeks our main focus has been our show creation , although conditioning is a big part of our training. We have been... read more →

‘Annie Says!’ – The show is creeping closer…

Welcome to this weeks blog!   BYC have been extremely busy with creating our show “The Cabaret Of Bizarre”...welcome to this week's update on what we've been up to! These last few weeks our main focus has been our show creation , although conditioning is a big part of our training.... read more →

‘Annie Says’ BYC : Week 4!

Welcome to this weeks blog, readers! I hope your looking forward to hearing about what we did this week, as much as we enjoyed the experience ourselves! So, what did we do THIS week? To start of the day of this week we had Kat return to work with us.... read more →

‘Annie Says’ BYC : Week 3!

 Hello CircusMASH Friends! I hope your looking forward to hearing about this weeks training as its been very interesting!   Here's what we got up to this week... To start of the session this week we all got our training plans from last week back with feedback about our goals.... read more →
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‘Annie Says’ BYC : Week 2!

Hello CircusMashers! I hope you're excited to hear about this weeks training - its been a good one!  What we did this week... TRAINING PLANS To start of the session this week we all started to make our own personal training programmes. We had to set goals for ourselves for... read more →
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‘Annie Says’ Week 1 : BYC commences!

Birmingham Youth Circus : Week One ! Hello fellow circus people! My name is Annie and I am a student at CircusMASH. I am now going to be your weekly columnist for Birmingham Youth Circus. I am going to be updating you each week on what we have been up... read more →

We Won! Birmingham Arts & Culture award 2017

So, on Saturday night lots of the CircusMASH gang went along to the fabulous Birmingham Awards. We had been shortlisted for Arts & Culture 2017, up against four other amazing companies including Millennium Point & Ikon Gallery. Our jaws dropped faster than our bodies do after flying off the Trapeze when we were announced the winners. We... read more →

RETROGRADE CREATION – WEEK 4

Well done this week guys! Was lovely to see so many break throughs in terms of strength and skill. Lets start with the fantastic Malcolm in adult Cirquestars… swinging his way to the CircusMASH ceiling as he trains in Cloud Swing. Be sure to come and see the rest of... read more →

RETROGRADE Creation – WEEK 3

WEEK 3! Training is in full swing now and exploration is getting exciting! A big shout out this week to our adult Cirquestars for pushing through your dizziness and not turning away from anything that we are throwing at you, and one to our Youth for being the most courageous... read more →

RETROGRADE Creation – WEEK 2

Week 2 Retrograde Creation with Adult & Youth CirqueStars So, this past week the Mash crew casted 20 youth & 20 adult participants into a variety of acts that will feature in our show Retrograde in December. Each participant was given a specialist and a supporting skill to learn as... read more →

RETROGRADE Creation – WEEK 1

Well, week 1 was a fabulous success! Here started the ‘Retrograde’ journey. If you don’t already know, Retrograde is our community winter show 2017 which will be created with our Sunday Cirquestars group over this term. Week one was all about assessment of fitness level and a chance for the... read more →

Doddington Hall & Gardens show with Arts NK

What a week! After being commissioned by Arts NK and Doddington Hall to create a magical outdoor piece of circus theatre, we spent the wee working with 10 community members from circus, dance and theatre backgrounds. It culminated in a piece that took audiences on a journey of one girls... read more →

The Odyssey- Summer School 2017

Well... that was one very exciting week! Here is Director Katie's Blog as well as a video that you can all get your teeth into! Apologies for the shaky hands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDM2vM7KKL4&feature=em-upload_owner Hello circus squad! Katie here, I directed this years summer school, where we created a show based on the... read more →

The Hardcore Hand Balancer!

We love bringing people together at CircusMASH – and if we get a chance to bring them together and then turn them upside down that’s even better! We’ve just wrapped up a weekend of hand balancing; hosting two phenomenal teachers over two days of inversion training. Our lovely Kings Heath... read more →

A July 2017 Summer Update!

Hello circus explorers! We are CircusMASH, based in Kings Heath we spread circus as far and wide as we can. In the run up to 2018, the 250th year of Circus we are giving a lot of focus to our youth programme as we believe that circus is the most... read more →

A Round up of OPERATION CIRCUS!

I can't quite believe it is all over! We are thrilled to have raised a whopping £3970 from our Operation Circus crowd funding campaign to go into our pot to raise £15,000 needed for a new rigging system for the circus space in Kings Heath. Here is a round up... read more →

A Picture of CircusMASH for the future!

Today marks the final 1722nd day that CircusMASH has been running. It started very simply with very few classes and over the past (almost) five years we have come so far and the company has started to take hold of itself and understand who it is and where it is going.... read more →

A Celebration of Circus in Birmingham!

Happy Sunday circus peeps! So we only have today and tomorrow left on our Operation Circus crowd funder and we'll be sad to see it come to an end... however, we've seemed to create quite a buzz around circus in Birmingham! Wahooooo! From 2004 through until 2010, when I would return to Birmingham... read more →

ONE WEEK TO GO! Operation Circus!

It only seemed like yesterday we had one week to go before launching the actual campaign! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS5q69QAaV8 Today marks our one week countdown until our Operation Circus crowd funder ends so now is your chance to pledge and receive a reward if you have been... read more →

Gameshow Week! Story Time & the winners!

A huge thanks to those few that entered our game show week contest number one. There was only a few entries so a story wasn't really gathered.. BUT NO FEAR! CircusMASH is here and we are going to take your lines, crumble them up and make some sense of them. Here... read more →

DAY 14… NAME & FAME!

We are officially now TWO weeks in. It was two Tuesdays ago that we launched Operation Circus and since then we have had a fab 37 backers and raised just under £2500. We have another two weeks to go, we wanted to update our name and fame list. We want to... read more →

‘Why Circus’ Week Summary!

Last week we ran 'Why Circus' week. We wanted to let you know why we do circus, and what affect it has on our community! Take a look at this video for more information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjLDjZAbZ2M We kicked off by my (Joe) telling my story of why I do circus. I've... read more →

The Story of Brian Conley!

So, here is the story behind my trip to visit Brian Conley to chat with him about helping push Operation Circus! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVnkHTxa-8 I contacted Brian some months back as I knew he was coming to Birmingham with Barnum, and after reading reviews of the show I became very exited to hear... read more →

Meet Lizzi! Day 8!

Welcome to Why Circus Week. As promised this week we will be taking you on a journey to learn why we do circus and what effect that this has on our community. This is Lizzi. We met Lizzi when she came to an aerial class in the very early stages of... read more →

A Huge Thank You- DAY 8!!!

Hello world. We are officially now ONE week in. It was last Tuesday that we launched Operation Circus and since then we have had a fab 27 backers which I wanted to say a big thank you to. We have now raised just over £1500! Another three weeks to go! As soon... read more →

Joe’s Blog- Day 7! Why Circus Works…

Afternoon everyone! I completely had the weekend off to refresh my head and now I am back on it as strong as ever trying to get this campaign to as many places as possible. Before you read any further... take a look at this 'Why Circus' video for a little... read more →

Joe’s Blog- Day 4

Welcome to day four! We're on £1175! I wanted to update you on our latest commercial and let you in on the making of the commercial and how it came about... and obviously how much fun we had making it! If you haven't yet seen it, take a look before... read more →

Joe’s Blog- DAY 3

Hello All! Day three and I've just checked we are on £1140- Wahoooo! I think the rewards are going down a treat and today we added another special one after everyone at the launch party complimented me on my new purple American style jacket! Here is a pic if you fancy... read more →

Launch Day- Joe’s Blog!

Hi All, I'm Joe and I'm one of the two founders at CircusMASH. As you have probably heard I've been ranting on about Operation Circus on Facebook for the past three months and I can't actually believe the time has sped by so fast... we are actually here! I wanted... read more →

The NEW space journey so far… in pictures!

So here is the full story, so far of our journey to a create a circus space for the community of Brummies wanting to get their circus on!  We wrote our initial proposals to All Saints Community Centre in July 2013 to take over the building and turn it into... read more →

Our time at the NYCE 2015

March 2nd 2015 So, it's been a couple of weeks now since heading off down to London for the National Youth Circus Event and we wanted to tell you how we got on! Joe & Lizzi took Mackenzie, Beth, Poppy, Katie and Alice down to the NYCE 2015 and lots... read more →

Our NYCE 2015 Cabaret Rehearsals…

About a month ago we were absolutely thrilled to be chosen to be part of the National Youth Circus Event 2015, an event that has been running for the past six years where a number of Youth Circus’ spend a weekend together learning circus and meeting like minded people. We’d... read more →

We’re off to the National Youth Circus Event…

Five of our youth members have been selected to participate in the 2015 National Youth Circus Event (NYCE) at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London (NCCA) from the 13th-15th February. They will get to take part in a variety of circus workshops, circus training and meet other youth... read more →

The Clear Out! Space is finally empty…

So about 10 months ago, we made a fundraising video to inform everyone of our plans of moving to All Saints Centre in Kings Heath. In this video, we said how we hoped that by January 2015 we’d be in our new home. Today we did the ‘CLEAR OUT’ and... read more →

Update on the Space

January 9th 2015 Week one into the new year and it’s all go go go! After 18 months in the making, post fundraising showcases, performances, circus challenges, raffles, competitions, countless support from business’ and community members we have reached our goal to renovate All Saints Centre’s old community hall to... read more →

Introduction to our new Blog

January 5th 2015. Happy New Year everyone! As 2015 rolls in we have decided to roll out a brand new (fancy) blog to keep you all up to date with our efforts of driving circus arts through our region. From time to time people ask us ‘who are CircusMASH and... read more →
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