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Yesterday was No Fit State circus' young peoples show for 9-11 year olds. 25 youngsters too part doing juggling acrobatics, aerial and trapeze work, tightrope walking building pyramids and doing silly things with hats. Most of the time there was a great deal going on and you needed independent eyes to take everything in. The young folk were definitely stars and performers and the applause was constant.

It was, I thought, even better than an adult show because in an adult show you know what will happen. The performer won't fall off the tightrope or drop the juggling hats. But here of course they did (the tightrope was only a foot or two above the ground) and somehow that made you appreciate the effort even more.

My other though was that here was another world populated largely by volunteers and run on a shoestring budget. A world where great skills and professionalism existed among the trainers (which in another profession would be rewarded with high salaries) but which here went almost unacknowledged. (What good are circus skills?).

All this took place in a redundant Victorian church thatv had been converted by the circus to provide a training home and a vibrant congregation.

We were there to watch 9 year old Theo do his stuff. But when your grandson is 30 feet up a rope, hanging by one hand, you do have a moment of angst. 'He's fine,' said YD, his Mum, 'they teach you how to come down before they teach you to go up!' But even so. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 25th Aug 2018 - 09:10AM   Posted by Fennie   Lark Post Comments: 4

Fennie's Avatar They wouldn't let us take photos - child protection etc - but if you go here you can get an idea of what was going on.

Posted by: Fennie on 25th Aug 2018 at 09:13AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar What fun! I'm sure Theo had a great time too, most Kids are pretty fearless at that age. Very Happy

We used to do circus skills at the Highland Youth Theatre too, what a hoot - especially for a short sighted kid that couldn't focus on a ball until it was too close to catch. Laughing Juggling was a no go but I was pretty good with a Diabolo though and as a gymnast the acrobatics etc were a doddle.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 25th Aug 2018 at 12:44PM

KitKatCot's Avatar Where do the years go? I can't believe Theo is 9Shocked

Posted by: KitKatCot on 25th Aug 2018 at 04:20PM

Camilla's Avatar They are pretty fearless at that age aren't they Fennie, my youngest granddaughter wanted to swing on the hand held high bars at the park yesterday she is a determined little girl

Posted by: Camilla on 27th Aug 2018 at 03:16PM

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