BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

28 October 2014
CoventryCoventry

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Coventry
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Coventry

Birmingham
Gloucestershire
Hereford & Worcs
Leicester
Northampton
Oxford
Stoke

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us

Circus Skills Workshops in Stratford

Circus Skills Workshop
The talented troupe of circus trainees
Youngsters in Stratford have been learning to juggle, walk on stilts and uni-cycle. You can learn too with Warwickshire Community Youth Circus.

10 great things to do before you're over the hill
Great garden gnome hunt
Castle quiz
Underground dance craze
Get on our live webcam


Shooting Stars Circus Skills Workshops

Civic Hall, Stratford

Sat 18 September

Sat 16 October

Sat 6 November

10am - 3pm

Contact Lyn Scruby

01789 298123


Give Us Your Feedback
tiny
Martin's brilliant it, Matthew's modestly fantastic, Esme just keeps getting better and better, Adrian's hooked and Kayleigh's an old hand at 18, having won the World Championship four years ago.
What is that they're so good at? Well take your pick. We're talking plate spinning, stilt walking, juggling, tight rope walking and uni-cycling. And that's just for starters.

 
Have a go at some 'Big Top' thrills
 
 Juggling at the workshop
Student Russ is a dab hand at juggling
The Shooting Stars Circus Workshop is held once a month in Stratford's Civic Hall.

It's run by old hand Steve Grainger, who did a bit of circus stuff for fun but then started teaching skills seriously about 12 years ago.

It's Steve's daughter, Kayleigh, who's held the Uni-Cycling World Champion title, and watching her trying out new moves on her cycle is quite breathtaking.

The Circus Workshops are now held every month on a saturday (see dates left) thanks to local mum, Lyn Scruby. Her son Martin is a keen pupil of Steve's, and she works hard to encourage other youngsters to have a go at the thrills of the 'Big Top'.

 
Barnum is coming to town
 
 Martin Scruby
Martin Scruby tackles the diabolo with ease
Esme Jenkins is 16 and studying Performing Arts at school. She's building her skills up for a production of Barnum at the Civic Hall next year. She's a dab hand at the diabolo, stilts and juggling already.

Adrian Jones, 15, is going to be in the production too, and since January he's pretty much mastered juggling, stilts and plate spinning.

The Barnum production is planned for March 2005 and looks set to be a roaring success if the youngsters' circus tricks are anything to go by.

 
Great stuff for your CV
 
 Uni cycling!
Expert on one wheel - watch out for the cardboard box...
Apart from looking like fantastic fun, Steve Grainger says that there's far more to juggling and tight rope walking than you might think.

"The young people who come to these workshops have acquired a number of transferable skills useful for any future career they take up - they have great interpersonal skills and loads of self confidence".

 
Anyone can have a go - even pensioners
 
 Steve and Hayleigh Grainger
Steve Grainger and his champion uni-cyclist daughter, Hayleigh
Steve does a lot of work with youngsters with special needs, who particlarly love to have a go at circus tricks, and he's keen to point out that anyone can have a go - as long as they're over 8 years old.

"We've even had an 84 year old man turn up to learn juggling. And he did it - after 5 or 6 workshops."

So if you're at a loose end in Stratford on a weekend and fancy livening up your CV - a bit of plate spinning or tight rope walking could be just the thing.

 
Contact
 
 Adrian masters juggling
Adrian's preparing for a production of Barnum
If you're interesting in knowing more or want to book a session - just call Lyn Scruby on
01789 298123.

Workshops are for anyone from 8 to 100 years old. They cost £10 and run from 10am - 3pm on saturdays at the Civic Hall in Stratford. For future dates see the list on the left.

If you want to contact Steve Grainger and find out more about Circus Skills Workshops coming to you, then you can e-mail him at

info@shootingstarscircus.co.uk


More from this section...


Talk
Messageboard Index
All the message topics
Sport message board

message

Voices superpuff

superpuff-e-cards

superpuff-air

Contact Us
BBC Coventry and
Warwickshire
1 Greyfriars Road
Coventry
CV1 2WR
coventry@bbc.co.uk
warwickshire@bbc.co.uk



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy