Book your primary school circus show here!
Are you looking to book a primary school circus show to wow your pupils and staff?
Do you have a circus project that you want to start with an inspirational event? Or simply celebrating a school milestone or headteacher retirement.
Do you want a big top on your field or just bring the magic of the big top to your school hall? Anything’s possible and we love circus in schools. The combination of excitable school children mixed with the magic of circus is a recipe for an extremely enjoyable and rewarding way to spend our days.
This is for the school that really wants to stand out. Sending a message to the community that this is a school that goes the extra mile to provide unforgettable experiences for their pupils. If you like the sound of this, read a couple of recent examples below.
The children at St Margaret’s Community Academy in Lowestoft were welcomed to school by Lucas riding around on his unicycle as the parents dropped the kids off. The excitement was building and there was a wonderful buzz about the playground. We had arrived the day before to set the big top up, a cute little time-lapse of this can be seen below and was shared 57 times by people on the schools facebook page.
The day kicked things off with a circus show for half the school, 270 excited children packed into our cute little red and white big top. Warming us up with much hilarity and winding up from ringmaster/clown PeteZa. The circus show featured a 4 person cast of Pete, myself (Lucas), Moses and Joanne. For a small cast show there was a lot of variety on display, we had acrobatics, clowning, unicycling, aerial hoop, handstand, club passing, hat juggling, cigar boxes etc etc. It was so much fun to perform to these wonderful children and they came out with some delightful comments post show. One boy bounced up and down and hugged me saying ‘When I grow up I want to be you’. Another couple of lads said ‘You’re my favourite’. But I won’t go on about that or brandish it across the internet.
The Year 6’s were treated to a ramped up schedule of circus workshops which on top of all the traditional circus skills also included; Trapeze lessons, tightrope walking and unicycling lessons. The hidden message in all of the workshop sessions is always to teach the kids the value of perseverance when attempting to accomplish a new skill. One chap in Year 6 did not get off the unicycle for the whole session and he really did so well. He managed to ride about 3 metres in only 45 minutes which is really impressive stuff.
Back in February, a larger team of Bigtopmania’s finest performers were in action at Northampton University. We had the same big top up on campus there and it was a similar set up in terms of equipment. As well as running sessions for the students to experience the circus skills and try new things we were also there to provide fun for the children of Preston Hedges Primary School.
We treated the children to a fantastic circus show and the lucky year 5’s got to experience unicycling and trapeze.
Do you have a school in mind that might like to book a bespoke circus experience for their local school community? Please do get in touch with me directly on email@example.com and I’ll be happy to assist and advise on how we can facilitate the most wonderful big top event for your school.
If you are thinking of university marquee hire, or for any other academic or student event propose, white clear-span frame marquees are lovely of course and they can create incredible, large indoor spaces for fantastic events.
But why not add a unique touch and step out from the crowd! Grab some colour! Boost your event theme and visibility!
Are you planning next years College Summer Ball, Student awards ceremony, Open day, PTA Function, School fete, Theatre production or Freshers fairs?
You may well need one of our tents! Or even some entertainment!
Bigtopmania have been lucky enough to work all around the country for various colleges, schools and universities.
In recent years this has included 3 trips to Scotland for St Andrews’s Big Top Balls with mammoth circus tent installs; various Oxford and Cambridge University summer balls, Bristol University, Birmingham University, Colleges including Bedfordshire, Chichester, Schools including Harrow.
It seems our alternative is proving to be a popular option for university and college event marquee hire…we are currently in talks with University of Northampton for a Feb 2018 event.
Summer 2017 schools, colleges and University marquee hire fun & frolics…a few recent events!
Most recently we supplied 2 brand new colourful circus tents/big tops to Bristol University for their fresher’s event on The Downs. The brightly coloured 12m round with new 8 foot walls for larger feeling space and a brand new 6x12m traditional marquee. The 2 tie in nicely to each other but helped to give the event a colourful focal point in the middle of their site.
Earlier in the season the boys had a good journey up to Cambridge for a short days work where only the roof of a fairly small open-sided tent was required as a bit of sun/rain shelter and also to add to their circus and funfair theme at the Newnham College Garden Party.
At Chichester College we supplied the large red and yellow tent for their student induction week and Principal’s address.
At Newport School in Barnstaple we supplied a large 400 seater theatre tent for various activities, children theatre show and the school’s anniversary. A small dressing room tent was installed behind therein one.
For Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth College student awards ceremony 2016 we supplied a large 500 seater red and white tent which they all used for the student ball after..
At Dumpton School in Dorset, we supplied a lovely tent with patriotic theme and circus trapeze rig for their PTA summer ball.
At Harrow school we supplied for about the 7th time, a marquee for the Grove boarding houses leaver’s meal.
For Leighton Park School in Reading in Feb 17, we supplied a selection of linked tents for their GCSE drama production of WoyZeck. Fabulous photo album here.
Casting the mind further back to last year, the team were working hard in Oxford in the beautiful grounds but pouring rain! We even had a very close call with a lightening strike. For a rather large Oxford university marquee hire install at Wadham College Wonderland ball of 4 Big Tops and various small tents.. What a beautiful event.
Whilst here you will see a 5 pole Red and White Big Top supplied to Bristol University Wills Hall Founders Ball for the welcome drinks reception at their 2016 summer ball. Let’s hope there was lots of drinks and lots of people to be welcomed!
Planning a University Event in 2018?
Please do get in touch as soon as possible, a lot of dates are already taken up for 2018 with weddings and festivals being every present in our schedule, but we will do our best to fit you in and add some circus sparkle to your event!
Super Party for the SuperVet;
A circus themed christmas party to remember.
If you read last weeks episode (blog post) you’ll know that Team Bigtopmania spent a Saturday afternoon busy in Surrey providing circus entertainment to a company christmas fun day. But the show doesn’t end there. Oh no! You’ve merely made it to the interval. It’s SuperVet Christmas Party time; So get your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the rest of this roller coaster ride of circus & event supplier rambling!
Can we supply a marquee for 300+ guests at tables?
Let’s set the scene before we get into the actual event. Our client Fitzpatrick Referrals, made contact with us at just the right time, way back in May 2014.
Honoured to be asked and from what I now know these Supervets and their amazing team do outstanding work.
Plan early! That’s a 6 month Christmas event planning lead in.. just right!
Good timing too. They were able to visit a nearby event we were doing for Farnham Lions “Indian Spectacular” for 400 guests.
Next Tip! Its really good to be able to see the tent and we like to let clients know if this is possible.
Here’s a picture of the set up on that occasion in May 2015
Farnham Lions Indian Spectacular
and there are even more tents behind. We look forward to working join their next big event in 2017 for 600 table seated guests!! That was a big event and it gave the present clients a good sample. So why not go bigger!
Tent for 300 guests + Large Foyer Bar Tent + Service tent + Stage + Dance floor + loos and lots of entertainment too! In Mid December!
The challenge was on and we produced a few plans and worked with the organiser Stuart (who also runs a therapy centre in Guildford. ) Stuart is a friend of Noel Fitzpatrick and event planned as a favour. I think he likes parties too!
One of the draft plans!
Next Tip; Don’t do it all yourself!
A production collaboration was in order as it was a huge job.
Cirque Noel ( Supervet Christmas Party) suppliers included;
The Event Build; Production phase.
It was a very windy site during site visits so we were well prepared with huge amounts of extra ropes, ratchets , and mega stakes. There was no way we were going to have any wind issues!
In the build week leading up to the big day we spent a couple of chilly days fighting the winter weather rigging the rather enormous 6 pole Red & White ‘Squirty Cream‘. This marquee served as the main function space giving 383 square metres of party space.
As soon as this tent was ready we informed Carron marquees that their work could begin!
We had delivered some kit and made some ground preparations in advance so we ended up a day ahead of schedule!
before the foyer and catering tent added
The space was lit with a combination of our fairy light systems, festoon lighting and globe lanterns to light the tent. Later Puxley Sound installed the stage lighting, projectors and battery operated up-lighters.
Before the carpets.
Tents were linked with a 4×4 chinese hat pagoda to a 9x15m candy-striped marquee that acted as the grand entrance tent.
Foyer tent install
Equipped with a well stocked bar and champagne to welcome guests.
well stocked bar
Entrance during event
The set up looked colourful and exciting when we left it, but by the time we returned with all the finishing touches; tables & chairs, decor, dance floor, a carpet and uplighters.
The venue looked quite stunning.
It’ll all be alright on the night.
When so much attention to detail has gone into the planning of a colourful vibrant event, it’s nice when the guests do it justice with an equally fantastic fancy dress effort.
Next Tip; Dress up!
Team Supervet did not disappoint. As well as gorgeous formal wear, there were plenty of leopard skin body suits, groups of strong ‘men’, a pantomime horse with both ends, all manner of clowns and ringmasters. It adds so much fun to the atmosphere from the start, it takes the fear out of atmos-fear!
Next tip; Book some great entertainment.
So after an already long day of performing circus shows down the road. The Bigtopmania team jumped straight into action. We provided mingling circus entertainment to give onlookers something to watch whilst they sipped champagne. Breaking the ice!
Emmanuel was keeping things simple with just a little bit of African bowl spinning and charismatic funny faces which always amuse me even after all these years.
Aerial Els was up high on stilts as a beautiful christmas fairy.
Lucas Jet and Moses did some walkabout juggling to the sounds of the wandering band.
After the guests found their tables,
The London Essentials then kicked things off with an en-mass rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody . . every-one joined in of course.
Then BANG! Generator fail. Smoke and Steam.. just like a car engine failure!
Next tip; at a big event, have at least a back up generator, some onsite electricians and ring for a replacement!
Back stage, people were madly running around trying to sort things out. For a while it was going to be a choice between power for catering or power for marquee.. but in the end Carron marquees brought a new generator. Only setting the schedule back by only 40mins or so. USE A LOCAL GENERATOR CO!
Next tip; Use an opportunity!
This unplanned power fail created a highlight for us and whilst we were having a break before the main show, word got back to the dressing room that the generator had failed (nothing to do with any of our kit thankfully). So the tent was in relative darkness apart from some battery powered LED uplighters round the edge and a small amount of lighting. Elanor had thankfully brought her glow clubs and they went straight in to action.
Next Tip; Battery up lighters. None of the guests noticed the power failure!
glow club juggling
Making use of the lower lighting and making it look like it was all part of the plan; Glow juggling and acoustic wondering band to the rescue!
The London Essentials band
The guests remained in high spirits and danced and sang and watched our juggling apparently with some of them not realising this wasn’t planned. Below shows a badly-filmed clip of the nice moment the lights came back on.
When the event power comes back on!
Next Tip; Use the opportunity for a rousing speech by the CEO! Catering back on one generator, sound lights and marquee on another;
microphone handed to Supervet Noel to do his CEO speech; striking, stirring and thanking his huge team.
Dressed as gothic ring master and full of encouragement and wicked sense of fun!
Or was it just an excuse to be able to get close and introduce Růženka Kunstýřová the WORLD POLE SPORTS CHAMPION DANCER 2015 ?
From Prague; world champion sports pole dancer
A great and sexy start to the shows in store.. but not quite as sexy when colleague vets got to have a go!
After the pole dancing it was meal time and during this the London Essentials continued to serenade table by table. A VERY recommended band.
juggling around the tables
I’m afraid i didn’t want to intrude on tables and meal with a camera so no pictures of that and apologies for the I phone unedited images. Lets move on to the
Post-Meal, Pre-Dancing Circus Show Time.
It wouldn’t be a Supervet Christmas Party without some circus!
We had previously installed a 5m high portable, mobile trapeze rig over the dance floor and the action packed show to follow was in front of the stage. We aimed for an action packed show full of skills and comedy of about 25mins long.
The SuperVet Christmas Party Entertainers were;
Lucas Jet who did his jumping over guests on a unicycle routine. He really shouldn’t have picked on our bookers; Noel and Stuart! The Uk African Acrobat Company provided tumbling, human pyramids, contortion and bowl spinning.
Aerial Els swung high on silks.
Moses Opiyo presented his sexy hand balancing act.
Straight after the show we dismantled the trapeze rig in just a few minutes and were ready for the first set by The Stage Band.
They got the dance floor full and it basically carried on that way into the night. After their second set, James ( who works with Chris Tarrant no less) took over as DJ to a very full dance floor.
The Supervet Christmas Party went on well into the night.
We cleared up over the next few days.
Field back to normal!
And we were told…
“In case I miss you during your pack down I just want to thank you and your brilliant team for their performances at what has been universally accepted by Fitzpatrick’s as the best party ever!!
The Big Top looked fantastic and your guys were all amazing.
I’m sure we will be in contact about future events and look forward to working with you again.”
I think between us we made this supervet christmas party into a very memorable affair!
It’s Christmas; It’s Circus Season (It was!).
Let’s review our Christmas Party Circus Entertainment.
But first; Happy New Year everyone! 2015 was fun!
December; always a busy month for events with celebrations and New Year’s parties galore.
This year Bigtopmania were extremely busy providing circus tents and circus theme event for christmas and seasonal events across London, Surrey, Cornwall and West Sussex.
Wapping Christmas Fair.
We started our December Christmas run back again in city centre London at an event in central Wapping organised by Community Solutions with local volunteer and Church help. Entirely focused on brining the community together, with charity stalls, Father Xmas, and lots more. The sun shone and this second Fair there was a great success. Wapping Christmas Fair, Community Solutions Blog post.
From Wapping, we had a mad week with large tents and shows in Godalming and Camberley in Surrey as well as a fairy lights installation in Launceston in Cornwall and some fire juggling shows at Chanukah events in Finchley and Golders Green London for Tzivos Hashem groups.
Giant Menora Lighting Golders Green
The huge crowd at this outdoor celebration. Fire Juggling stage show and more by PeteZa.
Peteza also performed once again for a playgroup party in Chilworth, Guildford; back for about the 15th time to the 3 and 4 year olds with lots of clowning nonsense!
Fairy Lights for Launceston Young Farmers Snow Ball at Launceston Town Hall.
During the mid week we installed tents for the weekend parties to come, but also managed to install a very pretty fairy light installation for the young farmers ball. ( They stayed in place for the mayors community dinner too). It was an interesting challenge doing this and used adapted parts, lots of ladder work and hundreds of meters of lights. Looked lovely!
Company Christmas Family Party
We were working as part of a larger project co-ordinated by Michael Charles from Julia Charles Events Management. Various suppliers came together to provide fairground rides, an ice rink and santa’s grotto with Bigtopmania providing the Christmas circus party entertainment in our beautiful little Big Top.
The team came together to supply a bespoke big top experience to wow the S C Johnson Ltd employees and families of the company.
The show featured;
- Chief Peteza in ringmaster & clown mode with knife throwing frolics.
- Moses Opiyo was hitting new heights with his hardstands, and braving the cold in just his gold leggings.
- Lucas Jet; Sky High Unicycling and juggler. Also debuting a club passing routine with Moses.
- Uk African Acrobat Company. Fabulous contortions, human pyramids and tumbling.
- Elanor Smith ; Aerialist from Pass Go Juggling; Rounding things on aerial silks to bring the house down.
We performed two shows and in-between shows we presented circus skills and giant bubbles to keep the kids amused entertaining around 500 people across the two audiences.
This day was a good example of how we can fit into a larger scale event but provide a low maintenance one stop solution. You don’t need to worry.. we will get on and do it! We provide lighting, p.a, the show, tiered seating, carpet, space heater.
Fitzpatrick Referrals (or Supervet); the mega Staff Christmas Party Circus .
You will have to wait!
There will be a separate post about our Fitzpatrick Referrals ( the ‘Supervet’) staff christmas party circus because so much of our resources went into it that it warrants a full article itself.
So as if you needed an incentive to check back next week, well, you now have one.
Cmed Staff Christmas Party Circus.
Cmed’s West Sussex office party was a relaxed lunchtime gathering in one of our tents at their location near Horsham.
The brief organised in conjunction with one of their head members of staff ( thank you for trusting us Georgina!) was a few hours of circus, food, informal, team building, party!
With 80 staff, we installed a small tent so there was no room to hide!
Guests/ Staff were greeted by bubbles and artists and each had a red nose and some costume accessories to wear on top of the Christmas jumpers.
Lunch from Monster Foods was very popular and the candy floss was splendid!
Show was by;
- Moses Opiyo; hand-balancing and hat juggling.
- Lucas Jet; Unicycling and juggling,
- Elanor Smith on Aerial Hoop with our new mini portable trapeze rig.
- Iris West; A new addition of fancy hula hooping.
- Clown PeteZa; comedy knife throwing
After the show we presented a group circus workshop which developed into splitting into random groups and present a Cmed’s Got Talent circus show. It was all about mingling and having fun.
Hey.. a very full Christmas Party Circus Season rammed with entertainment.
So what was the result of all this work?
Lots and lots of tent and equipment to clean in early January!
Nice start to 2016!
Circus Film Shoot.
Big Top Marquees for Film and TV Production.
Especially for a circus film shoot.
Look here for the “Dark Clowns” student short film.
Earlier in the year during Feb 2015, we were contacted by Kas Braganza, Film and Television Producer, BA Acting for Film & TV, Arts Educational Schools Chiswick, London.
They had various student films to complete for the 3rd Year 3-year BA Acting Graduates final degree show reels. See all the Arts Ed student films 2015 here.
There was one particular student film that needed a circus location; the short film “Dark Clowns”.
The student films are very short simple pieces. The students act in the films and crew them, although they have a professional cameraman, director and first assistant in order to ensure they run as smoothly and professionally as possible. The Arts Ed School is a charity funded educational facility and the films are intended only for those purposes and to assist the students with obtaining their degrees and gaining future employment from agents. A final piece for their portfolio. It involved shooting some scenes on location.
The scenes needed were for a short film set in a circus and required shooting the following :
Inside a dressing room at night.
Inside a canteen at night.
Behind a curtain at night.
Outside a marquee at night.
I sent Kas various images of previous film and TV work with our tents and some ideas of how we could help and during March we installed a tent on location in London outskirts. ( A country house location that previously had been the Studio and location for much of The Professionals TV series. We provided various extras and circus props to enhance the scene.
I must say, I quite like the result and the film!
In pictures; here are some stills and location pics. With thanks to Arts Ed.
And so; ta da! ..another link to the actual film.. its fun.. watch it on Vimeo here.
Good luck to all involved in their future careers.
Dark Clowns from Alex Millan on Vimeo.
Ching: Alex Millan
Chong: Philip Tomlin
Director: Wayne Yip
Writer: Gail Sixsmith
DOP: Ossie Jalkanen
1st AD: Bella Merritt
Editor: Robbie Hamilton
Sound Editor: Adam Newns
Producer: Kas Braganza
Exec Producer: Caroline Jeffries
Marquee and some of the circus Props: Bigtopmania on location Circus Film Shoot Tv and Film Production supplier.
If you want the knowledge about tv and film production suppliers especially with regard to supplying alternative marquees and circus tents or circus props and circus performers get in touch with us at Bigtopmania for your next circus film shoot.
Acrobats for Photo-Shoot.
Question; Acrobats for Photo-Shoot?
Do we supply artists for events?
Earlier this year in March 2015 we were contacted by James F, marketeer for Cemex UK , a huge UK concrete supplier among other things.
It was an interesting request;
he had a Twitter photographic competition photo entry to do and it involved marketing via Hi Viz vests!
The photo would go on the
twitter feed with competition related hashtags
It was a pretty informal affair; a bit of brand awareness and capture the photo in a unique way.
No pressure and it didn’t really matter how well the competition entry went, being more of a peer to peer twitter event.
So the concept was to supply some artists , namely acrobats who could present a human tower of vests! Ideally in a 3-2-1 type 3- high human tower!
Of course we can do this!
We supply artists for all sorts of events!
Straight away I thought of our team of acrobats from the UK African Acrobat Company, based mainly in London.
This was handy as the company had some locations in London they could bring one of their concrete trucks to!
So it was arranged for the team to meet up at the 02 while Cemex were also exhibiting on an internal stand at the Ecobuild2015 trade show and co-incidentally had some building work going on in the background too.
With the permission from the O2, a photography set was quickly set up in the car park.
As you will see in the photos, various Cemex trucks turned up, nicely washed!
The team of acrobats got thoroughly into the swing of things wearing the various Hi-Viz jackets and trying different human pyramid poses.
They could even get roles as acrobatic models!
To add to the fun and possibly to warm up a a bit, (it was March) the acrobats then went into the exhibition hall and proceeded to wow the guests in front of the Cemex stand!
So how did it all go?
To Quote James after the event ;
“I think the guys were very understanding and just wanted to put a good show They were fantastic! Thank you for helping out and being patient In the organising.”
And how did the photo go in the twitter competition?
“it got into the top 3…. so it was worth it 🙂 We won our award though for innovation so we were pleased people are still talking about the show the lads put on at Ecobuild! ”
Would you like any acrobats for your event, photo-shoot or productions?