From the tent to the theatre; circuses are definitely going up in the world. CircusFest 2014 is a programme of acrobatic marvels to be shown at the Round House from the 26th March - 27th April, and will include major world and UK premier shows.
Just to get you al warmed up and raring to go, there is currently a Street Circus Drop-in Workshop for people 11 - 25 years old. At £2 a head, it is for dancers, acrobats, or anyone just wanting to test out their moves. There is not need to book, just arrive fifteen minutes before the class, which starts at 6pm every evening until 27th March.
Once CircusFest gets underway, there will be plenty of other opportunities to take part. For example, test you aerial skills on the 12th & 13th April, where you can try silks, static trapeze, and straps for £3. On the same days you can also join in an Acrobatic & Street Dance Workshop led by Funk Da Cirque. For something a little different, sign up for an afternoon with Marawa's Majorettes. I saw this group of hula hoopers perform in Kingston once, and they were amazing. Marawa holds the world record for multi-hooping (133 at once), and although you might not be able to beat her, you can certainly join her.
Other interactive activities include Expectations twenty minute show that explores what means to be the woman by building, pushing, and squeezing one together until she falls flat on her face.
Perhaps you are more of an observer than a participator. That's fine. There are plenty of spectacles to observe. For example, Alice Allart will show you all the sorts of things you never thought about doing with a bike in her Triptych act, while Silver Lining Bring charm and comedy as they balance, hang, sing, juggle, and spin.
After recent building work, the Round House Theatre discovered a mysterious black box buried under their foundations. It contained a book written in an unknown language. They asked Company 2 to translate it, and what they came up with is She Would Walk The Sky, and epic poem to be performed through words and acrobatics.
There many other shows taking place over the course of the month, so check them out and see what takes your fancy.