Circus Workshop

OK, I admit it I can’t juggle. If there’s a juggling gene, mine’s missing. Even more annoyingly, I’m surrounded by people who can. I understand the concept, but suffer performance anxiety at that crucial ‘third ball’ moment. Even my six year old is laughing at my feeble efforts. I need help and I need it now. Luckily, today it’s close at hand as a circus skills workshop takes place in the beautiful setting of Baxter’s Field. The event, organised by Katie Smith, in conjunction with Duff from the Brighton based Trickswop Workshop, is primarily aimed at children, but everyone will be encouraged to take part. Apparently juggling incompetents like myself, are taught to juggle with scarves first, before progressing to a whole variety of objects. Under the watchful eye of Abby, who makes many of the circus props on show, you’ll discover the aerodynamic qualities of diablos, devil sticks, poi (that’s a bean-bag on a string to you and me) and of course my bete-noire, the balls.

And there’s more. An undoubted highlight of the day will be the tightrope walking lessons. Katie will display and pass on the secrets of the art, working on a rope 2ft from the ground – so there’s no easy excuse for vertigo sufferers. Apparently, wearing old ballet shoes helps. There will also be lessons in stilt walking and balancing on large inflatable balls, whilst face painting and balloon animal making will keep the younger one’s amused. Get down there… NW

The Trickswop Workshop juggle figures: in this case the number ‘20’
Baxter’s Field, Paddock Lane, Lewes
When? 2pm -5pm
How Much? Workshop £6; spectators Free

Workshop Bookings:
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