Here are photos of the La Bonche and Five Ring Circus community. We may be the largest “indigenous” circus ever from the North East of England.
In 2013 we did a lot of research into our circus heritage in many North East locations, including the T&W Archives, Discovery Museum and Laing Art Gallery stores. We had lots of meetings about how to present our research, including designing the exhibition.
The La Bonche’s have been on the road from Sheffield to Blackpool, Edinburgh to Yorkshire searching out our circus elders and looking for stories for our North East Circus Time Line.
Working out how to bring circus history to life, telling the stories, learning new skills and making it entertaining too is all part of the fun and the challenge we have relished in our physical sessions. These included workshops and trainings in our various youth circus clubs and with the two La Bonche performance crews: Madame la Bonche’s Wonder Circus aged (12 – 22) and her Mini Marvels (aged 9 – 11)!
Our show “The Fantastical Scrapbooks & Collection of Arthur Fenwick” was performed twice in October 2013 as Part of Juice Festival. The setting was our favourite room, magnificent Great Hall of the Discovery Museum, Newcastle. We performed to packed-out audiences. The Exhibition of posters and photographs was displayed in 3 caravans and a big top we designed. People were able to go into the stands and learn about our circus Heritage.
We transferred our show “The Fantastical Scrapbooks & Collection of Arthur Fenwick” in November 2013 to the Great North Museum in Newcaslte again this was as part of Juice Festival. We performed to packed-out audiences. The Exhibition of posters and photographs was displayed again and made a good stage set for the show.
Here are portraits of individual teachers who we wish to acknowledge as people who have directly or indirectly, through their teaching, helped develop the skills of our youth circus.