250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes @ NAC 4 July 2018

Gossamer Thread returned to NAC with this new production literally celebrating 250 years of circus in a one hour show that was quite thrilling, beautiful and entertaining.

250 years of circus


Opening with a circus master calling on the horses to enter ‘the ring’ (the NAC stage was dismantled for this event) with a background of For the Benefit of Mr. Kite we had sixty minutes of enchanting circus history.


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Gossamer Thread Circus presents
250 Years of Circus in 60 minutes

In 1768 Philip Astley paced out a circle on the banks of the Thames in which to perform tricks on horseback. 250 years later, the standard circus ring remains the same size, and that moment is recognised as the birth of modern circus.

In this brand new contemporary circus show featuring world-class international artists, Gossamer Thread Circus invite you on a journey traversing the myriad evolutions of circus in all its various and varied permutations, in this the 250th anniversary of its birth.

It all began with a ring…

The creative producer and founder of Gossamer Thread Circus (previously Gossamer Thread Vaudeville Co. and purveyors of Gossamer Thread’s Curious Cabaret) is Daisy Black. Alongside her performance career, she spent 6 years researching and writing a novel about Philip Astley which she began during her time on the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

Supported by Arts Council England, Seachange Arts, Jacksons Lane and Norwich Arts Centre.


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The Circus theme continues this summer with The Chapelfield Summer Circus big top from the 12-15 July.



Roll Up Roll Up!

the circus is coming to town

Chapelfield Summer Circus

4 days of spectacular contemporary circus in a big top tent

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th July 2018

 Plus FREE outdoor workshops for all ages Saturday and Sunday

Tickets on sale from Saturday 21 April – World Circus Day!

8pm Fauna

7pm The Hogwallops: Lost in Translation Circus

10pm Circus Cabaret Lates

11am-2pm Free outdoor workshops

2.30pm The Hogwallops: Lost in Translation Circus

7pm Knee Deep: Casus Circus

10pm Circus Cabaret Lates

11am-2.30pm Free outdoor workshops

3pm Oak Circus Community Cabaret

Ticket prices for all shows £12/£7.50 (Community Cabaret £5/£3)


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