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HANDS DOWN CIRCUS aspires to create and collaborate original CIRCUS THEATRE in the UK and internationally using a unique blend of partner acrobatics and prop manipulation

Formed in 2018, Hands Down Circus, began a journey with a commitment to creating unique circus performances across the UK and beyond. This has seen us collaborate and perform alongside exciting companies and large scale events such as The Roundhouse, Glastonbury Festival, Sent into Space, Compass Presents, Applause Rural Touring and Edge Dance Company.

We pride ourselves in creating unique physical performances with a focus on high level acrobatics, object manipulation and physical theatre. All of our shows come with the same promise of charm and lightheartedness, perfect for indoor, outdoor and your local family festival. 

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Hands Down Circus was founded by Carys Nicholls and Graham Milligan in 2018. They first crossed paths during an FDA in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre at Circomedia, Bristol - where they first teamed up and began tackling the world of creating and performing together.

This journey took them to London where they graduated with a BA Hons from the prestigious National Centre for Circus Arts and have since travelled around the UK and internationally developing their skills and creative potential.

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Nothing gets us more excited than starting a new project or collaboration - that feeling when fresh ideas are flowing and new boundaries are being walked. We love exploring the possibilities and working out the subtleties of how it all comes together at the end.



"A powerful acrobatic duo. The act was a balance of beautifully crafted synchronised movement and perfect handstands"


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