Items filtered by date: April 2016 - Galway Community Circus

Galway Community Circus presents... Space Jam!

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space_stars_planets_shine_hd-wallpaper-90473Come see our Flea and Junior circus members twinkling in their end of year show on Sunday May 8th entitled Space Jam!

There will be two shows on the day at St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla for all of our 5 - 11 year olds, one from 12-1pm and the other from 5-6pm. Our young members have been working hard all year developing their circus skills and we are sure they want to show you all the amazing things they can do! The theme of this show was devised by the children so all the creativity behind it has come from these shining stars!

Tickets priced €5/ adult and €2/ child will be available from the GCC office from April 25th.

For this show to be a success we will need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help with hair, make-up, costumes, bake sale, raffle, front of house, popcorn, stage management, clean-up and group leaders. If you can help in any way we would be delighted to have you! 

It's going to be out of this world!


St Patrick's Day parade 2016

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Galway Community Circus was represented in St. Patrick's Day parade by some of our members last month. We meandered through the city on stilts, unicycles performing acrobatic stunts and juggling. Well done to all involved, your costumes were fantastic and the enthusiasm never subsided!

And why not check out this amazing video made for us by Meaghan Mckeon-Joyce on the day!

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Theatre Meets Circus at Galway Theatre Festival

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TheatreMeetsCircusPosterWhat do we expect when we step into a theatre?

To be entertained or challenged? To be told a story or to find meaning in the absence of narritave? To be immersed in the experience or to be aware that this is not real life?

Theatre is forever evolving and embracing different art forms - both performative and non-performative, so where do circus arts stand in this space?

The Galway Theatre Festival runs from the 29th of April to the 7th of May and Galway Community Circus are holding a Theatre Meets Circus event in the Mick Lally Theatre as part of the festival on May 7th from 2-6pm. This event will consist of work in progress productions from Galway based circus artists and will be followed by an enlightening discussion on contemporary circus and theatre and the space in which they meet. The works in progress will provide an apt backdrop for an engaging panel discussion on theatre and circus – how they overlap, how they are different, and what possibilities and examples exist of an exciting fusion between the two. This format follows on from our very successful ‘Scratch Nights’ which give those who wish to showcase their 'work-in-progress' pieces the opportunity to do so.

Presenting artists include Réalta Circus and Street Theatre and Maleta plus other guest performers.

The event is free of charge. Donations welcome. To book a place please see


Also featured in this year's Galway Theatre Festival is 'Pick Your Poison' by Macnas Young Ensemble; Gurilla Aerial Show; 'Turf' by the Rowan Tolley Company; 'Green Room' by The Cabinet Company; 'Dreams Under the Roof' by Magikloko Theatre Company.


See you there!



Life Skills Through Circus

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untitled-0329The Galway Community Circus are linking up with St. Joseph's Special School to devise an innovative Circus Skills course for 15-18 yr old students. Ten senior students from St. Joseph’s Special School will participate in a ten week course designed to build social interaction, enhance self esteem and challenge physical development through a variety of exciting, fun activities. The students will work on five key areas over the ten weeks: balance, manipulation, acrobatics, aerial skills and performance skills. They are very excited and are already planning an end of course performance to show what they are learning!

The course will be assessed and evaluated by St. Joseph's School staff and Galway Community Circus tutors and any necessary additions or changes will be implemented. Ten new St. Joseph's students will participate in a follow up course starting in October. After this the Life Skills Through Circus course will be ready to roll out to other school across the country.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to Phobal who are the funders behind this project without whom it would not be possible.


Well done and thank you!!

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CirComics was a huge success, with two spectacular performances by our young people and a packed theatre full of lovely supportive audience members. We are so happy and proud!

We couldn't have done it without the support from the Arts Council Ireland Young Ensemble scheme, and all the hard work by our amazing team of crew and volunteers.

A huge thank you to the tutors from Galway Community Circus and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance; Suzon, Lee, Kat and Aisling, our dramaturge Lali, music director Jym, counter weightier Naomhan, and Niamh and her backstage team. Special thankyou to Tara, Susanna, Birgit, Betty and other volunteers for the massive amount of work that went into creating the beautiful costumes, Michelle and her team for the striking make-up, Lauren and her team for the funky hair, to the CE scheme at St Joseph’s for making our props and to our brilliant foyer team who organised the fundraising and met everyone with a smile as they entered the Black Box.

A big thank you to Kenny & Julia from Wonderfullife Productions and Darachphotography, Karl and Baja for documenting the weekend and to the Mayor of Galway City Frank Fahy and Galway City Arts Officer James Harrold for their welcome words. And of course, a ginormous thank you and love to the fantastic GCC admin team, Gwen, Julie, Becca and Robert for all their hard work.

Thank you to all the businesses who sponsored our raffle; Bádóirí an Cladaig, Roisin Dubh, Rouge Restaurant, Baboro International Arts Festival for Children, TGO Falafel Bar, Galway City Karting, The Chili Shack, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop,, Stepping Up Dance Arts, The Secret Garden Galway, Dungeons and Donuts Galway and to Galway City Council and RTE Supporting the Arts for their support with the project.

A humongous thank you goes to all the parents and guardians for all their support and help. A big massive thanks and well done to all the performers for being the most amazing group of young people to work with. You are everything that circus is at its best; passionate, artistic, skilful, fun, generous, open-minded and supportive of each other. We are so proud of each and every one of you.

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Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
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