We're going on tour!

Wed 1 Jul 3PM

We're thrilled to announce a brand new tour after receiving support from the Arts Council's Strategic Touring fund

Starting in Autumn 2015 we will tour England with Lost in Translation Circus to build new audiences for the growing artform.

After submitting an application to the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme we have successfully gained over £100,000 to support the project. The tour of 15 mid – large scale venues across England will see family circus production The Hogwallops visit areas of low arts engagement which rely heavily on touring work.

After becoming prolific at supporting touring companies in creating and developing new work, this is the first time that we will be producing our own tour.

Adrian Berry, Artistic Director at Jacksons Lane, said: “This year we turn 40 and have announced two major new circus commissions, so the news that we will be touring a large scale new circus production across England could not be better timing; for ourselves, the circus sector and audiences across the country.

Lost in Translation Circus are one of the brightest and most exciting companies in the country and we are thrilled to be working with other venues to support their programmes, audiences and communities with performances and participation. Circus is everywhere today and we are thrilled to be at the centre of its amazing growth.”

The Hogwallops was initially commissioned by Showzam, Blackpool in 2014 and is a large scale family performance with aerial work, acrobatics and ensemble pieces. It will visit venues across England, including The Lowry in Salford, Sheffield Theatres, The Mercury in Colchester, Bristol’s Circomedia and the Arc in Stockon.

In order to make the tour accessible in areas of low artistic engagement there will be subsidised tickets available, workshop and education opportunities and pop-up performances. The funding will also create four new jobs with a designated team for audience development and venue liaison.

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Jacksons Lane's tour with Lost in Translation Circus. It will provide audiences around the country with a wonderful opportunity to experience high quality, mid-scale circus on their door-step. The accompanying programme of work with children and young people is a particularly exciting element to this tour."

Re-opened as an arts and cultural hub for North London in 1975, Jacksons Lane will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year with two brand new circus commissions, community events and digital works later in the year.

The organisation creates, presents and develops innovative performance and live work, particularly circus and physical theatre, contemporary dance and children’s theatre. The building is home to a 160 capacity theatre, a large scale dance and rehearsal studio, a café-bar, and four other multi-purpose spaces.

Jacksons Lane supports some 100 companies and artists every year, offering resources in the form of mentoring, technical support, promotion, and production. Through its busy participation and outreach department Jacksons Lane delivers artistic opportunities for people of all ages across the borough of Haringey, and with over 3,500 people every week.

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