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In May we had a group of exciting visitors to Shetland: the talented artists of Let’s Circus!

Let’s Circus is a team from Newcastle who take the art of circus performance to locations across the world. They often focus on rural communities, getting everyone involved through workshops, performances and volunteer opportunities.

The group arrived in April, and did some preliminary shows and appearances at the Shetland Folk Festival, before starting their tour of the isles. They visited Mid Yell, Whalsay, Brae, Aith and Sandwick, before setting up the Magpie Tent in Lerwick for their final sold-out shows.

Over 1,500 schoolchildren took part in the outreach program of workshops and school visits, from Unst, Yell, Fetlar, Whalsay, Fair Isle, Foula and across the mainland from Dunrossness to North Roe.

“Both my lasses took part in the workshops in Mid Yell and loved it, brilliant to bring something different to the schools.”

“The children loved the workshops, the performers had patience and humour which made the children feel at ease.”

Several of our staff received amazing CPD training from the circus, in particular Senior Technician Thomas Jones, who travelled around Shetland for a month with the group working on their shows. We also were able to provide circus volunteering opportunities for our young arts enthusiasts, with 8 volunteers helping out over the month with rigging, tech, lighting, front of house duties, running schools workshops and learning some circus skills themselves!

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