training when Circus Space was just a dusty space.
Read her story in Circus Mania
The Generating Chamber and the Combustion Chamber are perfect names for the main training areas of the former Circus Space - now the National Centre for Circus Arts and the UK’s only school to offer a BA (Honours) degree in Circus Arts. They suggest places where explosive performances may be generated.
Wind back a hundred years, however, and the names of those towering rooms had a more literal meaning. The building that currently houses London’s university of circus was formerly the Shoreditch Electricity Generating Station, where household rubbish was burnt to power the surrounding area.
when the Generating Chamber generated
These pictures are from those pioneering days.
You can read the full story of Circus Space, in the words of those who teach and trained there, in Circus Mania - The Ultimate Book for Anyone who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus.
|Risen from the ashes|
- the Combustion Chamber
when Circus Space moved in
The Circus of Horrors!
The UK’s oldest circus building!
Gerry Cottle’s Wookey Hole Circus School!
The BBC’s circus sitcom, Big Top!
The Chinese State Circus!
|The trapeze net goes up!|
Britain’s funniest clowns!
Britain’s oldest circus family!
The UK’s last tiger trainer!
The history of the circus!
The story of clowning!
The superstitions of the big top!
The secret language of the circus!
Click here to buy the new updated 2nd Edition f Circus Mania on Amazon!
For more on the future of the National Centre for Circus Arts, and in particular what the future holds for the graduates of its degree course, click to read my article: So you've got a degree in circus, what next?
|Douglas McPherson, author, launches the first edition|
of Circus Mania at Circus Space with
Gerry Cottle, left, and Dr Haze from Circus of Horrors