How can circus transform lives?

Social circus is an inclusive education model, typically engaging marginalized young people or those with fewer opportunities, using the circus arts to nurture personal growth and development of transferable life skills including confidence, self-motivation, communication, patience and much more.

Interested in using circus for social change? Join us for three days of intensive training to develop your social circus practice with experienced tutors, guest panelists and project producers/managers.

What will I get from taking part?
Participants will have a chance to:

  • Understand the social circus model and how it offers opportunities for personal growth
  • Discover social circus projects in different contexts including community spaces, schools/education systems and conflict zones
  • Develop essential skills and qualities of an effective leader
  • Explore the pedagogy of teaching circus skills in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment
  • Develop strategies for engaging hard to reach young people and working in sensitive social contexts
  • Learn about systems and policies that underpin social circus practice including Risk Assessments, Child Protection & Safeguarding Policies, Accident & Reporting processes and evaluation models
  • Begin to design your own social circus workshops and projects
  • Research the wider UK social circus landscape and hear about companies/organisations to get involved with
  • After this training, there is an opportunity to apply for paid work supporting delivery of Roundhouse Street Circus workshops in the local community.

Who will be teaching the project?
The training is led by a team of social circus experts including:

  • Roundhouse Street Circus Artist tutors
  • Guest panellists from social circus projects across the globe
  • Roundhouse staff – Street Circus & Youth Policy and Engagement teams

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
These are beginner introductory level sessions. Contact for more info or chat about the skill level of these sessions.

Is there anything I need to bring or wear?
This masterclass includes practical activities and panel discussions. Bring a notepad and pen and we recommend you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for moving and bring a bottle of water.

How do I enrol?
Enrol online using the button at the top on the page.

How do I pay for this project?
You can pay by visiting us in person or by calling us on 0300 6789 222 (option 4). We are open Tue – Fri 9.30am – 9pm and Sat – Mon 9.30am – 5pm. For further details see How to Enrol.
Please try to do so before the first session of the project.

I’m not sure I can afford to take part…
If you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare, we can help. Find out how you can get support..

If you are using a bursary to pay for the project, please ensure you arrange this with the Advice Base with plenty of time before the start of the project.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?
We have places available on all our projects for individuals with additional needs.Get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements and do our best in supporting you.

Where is the project taking place?
Roundhouse studios

How to Enrol