Our April pick for the curated π—œπ—¦π—”π—–π—¦ 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗳 π˜π—΅π—² π— π—Όπ—»π˜π—΅ series is β€˜Circus in a Suitcase’ By Reg Bolton, selected by our Membership Engagement Officer Brendan Fahy.

About his choice, Brendan says:

First published in 1982 and still as relevant today, β€˜Circus in a Suitcase’ is a wonderful exploration of the value and impact of community circus projects on their local communities, and an all-in-one guide to starting your own local circus project and run it on a shoestring – or in this case, out of a suitcase. It’s hard not to be inspired by the success stories of the Pilton Circus in Scotland and the Flint Circus in Wales. It’s hard not to run outside and starting making your own stilts, unicycles, circus tents and volunteer committees, with the book in hand, held open on the relevant page.

There are several social and youth circus projects already flourishing on the island of Ireland (Galway Community Circus, Cloughjordan Circus Club, Circus Factory Cork, Dublin Circus Project, Circusful in Belfast, and In Your Space Circus in Derry). There are plenty more communities left to reach. β€˜Circus in a Suitcase’ is a practical manual for how to start new projects, and a gentle shove to tell you to get started. A must-read for any circus artist.