We love contemporary circus and can teach workshops with a modern edge but if you want to add some extra colour to your event we can present our workshops as characters from any period of history or fantasy setting. There is a rich cultural history of circus and we have a good knowledge of Fools and Jesters throughout the ages as well as the history of all our skills.
We provide circus skills workshop suitable for all ages. All our instructors have many years of experience teaching circus skills and we can provide instruction in:
We can bring our our own outdoor arena which includes a 12' diameter circus style pavillion as a backdrop. Alternatively, all our workshops are suited for indoor venues with a good ceiling height!
We can offer spectacular, original characters and creatures to inhabit your event. Our stilt walkers work in pairs, as characters that compliment each other - such as a Fierce Dragon and a Bold Knight, Fairy and Faun or Victorian Lady and Gentleman. These characters will provide walkabout entertainment as they interact with each other and your guests.
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes, Flotsam the Fool's Circus Workshops are fully insured up to a limit of £2,000,000.
Can you provide a risk assessment?
Yes, if you require a risk assessment please let us know when you make your booking.
Can you provide historical circus equipment?
No, all our equipment is modern and purpose made for circus workshops. This helps to keep all our participants safe.
Can you provide cover in case of bad weather?
No, our pavillion makes an attractive backdrop but it is not large enough to work in safely. All our workshops are suitable for indoor venues with a good ceiling height.
Do you have a CRB check?
CRB checks have been replaced by Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS). We are happy to undertake a DBS check if required to work at your venue, however current advice from Equity (UK Trade Union for Professional Performers) is as follows:
"In relation to children, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 defines ‘Regulated Activity’ as activity which a barred person must not do. The definition of this activity is much more tightly defined than it used to be and only those who regularly carry out largely unsupervised activities with children or vulnerable adults would need to be checked. Most freelance work in schools would not meet this criteria as the work is generally supervised so there should be no need for a check. This would also go for a lot of other work connected to local authorities and the public sector in general. Checks have never been needed for work in private homes or for general children’s party work and that remains the same."