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Roll up… Roll up… Confetti Cabaret’s Hannah Thompson will be bringing her cabaret night with live geordie circus to the Tynebank Brewery on 25th March. It’s the only one of its kind in Newcastle and has wowed audiences with a unique medley of live entertainment from acrobatics to stand-up, juggling to drag. Hannah tells us about what inspired her to be a circus performer and set up Confetti Caberet, as well as shedding light on the fantastic circus community in Newcastle.

Being a member of the circus community you find yourself surrounded by extraordinary human beings. People who can do unimaginable, incredible things. The Confetti Cabaret is a celebration of these people.

The Confetti Cabaret was born when I was at Bristol based circus school, Circomedia. The life in circus school is intense. Your eating, breathing, sh**ing circus. Circus school is like a cartoon where everyone around you is a superhero with special abilities and a sprained wrist is the biggest villain.

I joined circus school after my year on the BTEC course at Circus Central, Newcastle. I came from the underground circus community which at the time had one space in Christ Church, Manors. This was our hub for circus, our wee home where all the circus geeks of the North-East would meet, teach, train and perform. Now in 2019 we have  two spaces, way more kit, and an inter-generational circus arts community and sector.

Living is Bristol, I was amongst a huge circus community, everyone was circus, knew circus or had seen a circus show. The audiences in Bristol need circus and we were due to deliver. I realised we needed to put on a show after visiting the Jam Jar, a thriving arts collective with a big space with a big stage. I gathered all my buddies and thought of a theme in which everyone could be themselves where anything can happen. Confetti; confetti is multi coloured and can fly in any direction. The night was a huge success, a myriad of games, shames and fames! We had a collection of circus gems from the North East and Bristol including Charles Brockbank, Jamie Double, Beth Lannigan and Nat White. We packed out a 250 capacity venue and sold all our vegan brownies and veggie curry!

On coming home to Newcastle I noticed the circus community had grown but the art form was still unheard of. As teachers in this community we invest heaps of time and energy into upskilling our students and investing time into the community. In doing so we don’t get time to create or perform our own work. This was my initiative to create CIRC Motif, a contemporary circus theatre company comprised of the regions best circus performers with an aim to grow the North East’s contemporary circus sector. CIRC Motif has grown since starting the company in 2018, being awarded grants from Sunday for Sammy, Newcastle Community Foundation and most recently secured a place with Northern Stage on the “NORTH” company development program in hopes of developing our show “The Art of Cuddling & Other Things…”.

By bringing the Confetti Cabaret to Newcastle I aim to excite and engage our audiences in delivering unique experiences that only circus can deliver. I also want to show our city that we have an incredible circus community which is inclusive and open to all no matter what level or background they have. We want the Confetti Cabaret to celebrate North East circus with real North East beer!

Join our party on the 25th of May at the beautiful Tyne Bank Brewery for random circus shenanigans!

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