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Performances were on 17, 19, 20, 22, 23 March & 25 March 2012 at Riverside Studios

Read the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle preview

Circus Tricks by Michael Henry & Adey Grummet is set in the spellbinding, fleeting world of the circus, where laughter is tragic, tears are hilarious and wonder both wrenches the heart and makes it soar!

The knife thrower’s assistant cannot stand the pain of her secret love for the knife thrower, an acrobat fights the world through the bottle, his brother struggles to catch him one more time, the trapeze artist is entranced by the pursuit of a single moment of weightlessness, the horse dreams of running in straight lines and the contortionist is just plain lonely.

And then there’s the elephant…

Alice (Trapeze Artist): Yvette Bonner
Xiu (Mongolian Contortionist): Lilly Papaioannou
Tanya (Knife Thrower’s Assistant): Alison Crookendale
Jack (Knife Thrower): Daniel Broad
Barney (Trick Pony): Christopher Diffey
Tom (Acrobat): Daniel Keating-Roberts
Jemmy (Acrobat, brother of Tom): Simon Wilding
Sarah O’Flynn Flute/Piccolo
Stuart King (16 March Massimo di Trolio) Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Heidi Bennett Trumpet
Clare O’Connell (20 March Chris Allan) Cello
Steve Gibson Percussion
Elena Hull Bass
Conductor: Gerry Cornelius
Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Designer: Tim Meacock
Lighting Designer: Mark Doubleday
Répétiteur: John-Paul Gandy
Production Manager: James Donovan


Six short extracts from Circus Tricks in development


performed at The Opera Festival 2009

Music: Michael Henry Words: Adey Grummet.
Directed by Bill Bankes-Jones, Designed by Tim Meacock.
Performed by Mike Henry, Adey Grummet, Lara Martins, Kevin Kyle.
Conductor: Tim Murray, Piano: J P Gandy, Percussion: Julian Warburton, Flute: Katie Bicknell.

You can view the complete 30-minute video of the Circus Tricks work-in-progress showing at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2009 HERE