Past Tours

Circus250 at Mayo Day 2024

Date: May 4, 2024
All-day event
Location: Belmullet
Fishy 'n Dishy | Out of the Blu
Fishy n Dishy Science

The town of Belmullet in North Mayo is gearing up for an unforgettable day of festivities, culture, and community spirit for Mayo Day 2024! In 2024, Belmullet is celebrating its bicentenary—200 years of history, growth, and community spirit. Mayo Day 2024 is not just a celebration, it’s a tribute to Belmullet’s resilience and rich contributions over two centuries. Our very own Fishy n’ Dishy and Out of The Blue will join a spectacular showcase of Mayo’s culture from traditional music to magical performances taking place along Belmullet’s historic streets. Every moment will be a celebration of their vibrant heritage for a Mayo Day bigger than ever before!

Fishy n’ Dishy 12pm – 5.30pm
Out of The Blue Shows 1.30pm and 3.30pm


Suitable for all ages
Free event

Out of the Blue at Sensoria Dublin

Date: April 28, 2024
All-day event
Location: Merrion Square, Dublin
Out of the Blu
Out Of The Blu

All the way from Turin! Wash away your troubles with the wonderfully subversive and interactive circus show by leading Italian female clown Fra Marto all about doing the laundry. Immerse yourself in laughter and bubbles. Never has trying to keep the house clean been so much fun.

Out of the Blue is a 50 min show approx. Performance times and other details TBC.

Juanita the Cleaner at World Circus Day, Roscommon

Date: April 20, 2024
All-day event
Location: Somers Park, Castlerea, Roscommon
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita the Clown 

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act! Juanita the Cleaner is interactive walkabout act by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites everyone to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious walkabout act full of hope for our future.

Suitable for all ages
Free to attend

Out of the Blue at St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny

Date: March 18, 2024
All-day event
Location: Kilkenny
Out of the Blu
Out Of The Blu

All the way from Turin! Wash away your troubles with the wonderfully subversive and interactive circus show by leading Italian female clown Fra Marto all about doing the laundry. Immerse yourself in laughter and bubbles. Never has trying to keep the house clean been so much fun.

Out of the Blue joins St. Patrick’s Festival, Kilkenny when the city and county come alive with pageantry, craic agus ceol. Centred around the St. Patrick’s Day Parade but stretching across the weekend, visitors can enjoy the thrill of American Marching Bands, a parade of local colour, interactive workshops for all ages and the best in live Irish music at Kilkenny Tradfest. All in a small intimate city that’ll make you feel right at home.

Out of the Blue is a 50 min show approx. Tickets are required.

Fruity n’ Dishy at St. Patrick’s Day Festival Kilkenny 2024

Start date: March 15, 2024 - End date: March 18, 2024
All-day event
Location: Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Fruity 'n Dishy
Circus250 at St Patricks Festival Kilkenny 2023

We are so excited to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2024 by performing through Kilkenny’s medieval streets in their show-stopping parade. Circus250 will be out in full force with clown antics from Out of the Blue (see our events page for the ticketed show) and juggling and plate spinning from Fruity n’ Dishy. Run away to the circus and learn to juggle, spin plates and do acrobatic tricks yourself!

Make a day of it, or better still make a couple days of it as the Festival runs from the 15th – 18th March 2024. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us and enjoy the best of Ireland and Kilkenny!  

Parade starts at 1:30pm
All ages welcome

Am I Irish Yet? at The White Bear Theatre

Start date: March 11, 2024 - End date: March 17, 2024
All-day event
Location: White Bear Theatre, Kennington, London
Am I Irish Yet
Morag Prunty. Photo: Alison Laredo

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women.

11th – 17th March 2024
Evenings: 7:30pm
Matinees: Sat 16th at 2:30pm, Sun 17th at 4pm
Tickets £20/£18 concessions

Book tickets at the White Bear Theatre link.

Strong Women Science at ESB Science Blast

Start date: March 4, 2024 - End date: March 7, 2024
All-day event
Location: RDS Dublin
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? Strong Women Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. A funny family show packed with extraordinary circus tricks.

ESB Science Blast is a free, non-competitive educational programme for primary schools (3rd to 6th Class/Key Stage 2), involving the whole class investigating the science behind a simple question.

Date: 4th-7th March 2024
RDS Dublin
Runtime 50 mins
Admission: Free (registration required)

Strong Women Science at NI Science Festival

Date: February 17, 2024
All-day event
Location: Ulster Transport Museum
StrongWomen Science
Strong Women Science Fire
Maria and Aiofe joining hands in a burst of flames

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? Strong Women Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. A funny family show packed with extraordinary circus tricks.

For their 10th year, NI Science Festival, alongside some friends from past editions, are hosting a jam-packed day of interactive activities, workshops and immersive experiences at the Ulster Transport Museum.

Am I Irish Yet? at Ballina Arts Centre

Date: January 24, 2024
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina
Am I Irish Yet
Morag Prunty. Photo: Alison Laredo

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. Westival is the oldest music and arts festival in the West of Ireland. 

8pm, Ballina Arts Centre
Tickets €18

Book tickets at the Ballina Arts Centre link.

Juanita’s Big Problem at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Start date: January 11, 2024 - End date: January 13, 2024
All-day event
Location: RDS Dublin
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act! Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

Running time of 40 minutes with no interval
Tickets €10-€35 (School tickets available)
Show times TBC

Strong Women Science at Mayo Science & Technology Festival

Date: November 19, 2023
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina, Mayo
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? Strong Women Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

A funny family show packed with extraordinary circus tricks. Suitable for ages 4 upwards.

Date: Saturday 19th November 2023, 11:30am
Ballina Arts Centre
Runtime 50 mins
Admission: Free (tickets required)

Strong Women Science at Town Hall Theatre, Westport

Date: November 18, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Town Hall Theatre, Westport
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? Strong Women Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

A funny family show packed with extraordinary circus tricks. Suitable for ages 4 upwards.

Date: Saturday 18th November 2023, 12pm
Runtime 50 mins
Admission: Free

Part of Circus250’s Circus Science By The Sea Festival for Science Week 2023 funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Circus Science by the Sea Festival 2023

Start date: November 17, 2023 - End date: November 19, 2023
All-day event
Location: Achill Island
Circus Science By The Sea
Circus Science by the Sea

Circus Science by the Sea – Europe’s only circus science festival – is on weekend 17-19 November. Whatever your age, whatever your interest, there’s something fun for you to experience, watch and do. Everything is free.

This is a festival for everyone. Whether you’re a fun-seeking family, environmentalist, artiste or physicist, the weekend is packed full of free performances, discussions and workshops for you. From late night Circus Science Cabaret to family-friendly clown shows, lively discussions and outdoor circus workshops, Circus by the Sea aims to stimulate ideas and collaboration around how circus and science can best work together for the common good.

Held in the historic town of Westport and on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland, the entire weekend is free to attend.

Circus Science by the Sea is produced by Circus250 with support from Science Foundation Ireland. Because we believe when science meets circus, anything’s possible.

See the full line up and book (free) tickets here: https://circus250.com/festivals/circus-science-by-the-sea

Circus250 at Science Week 2023

Start date: November 12, 2023 - End date: November 19, 2023
All-day event
Miscellaneous | StrongWomen Science
Science Week 2023 Ireland Logo

There’s lots of (free!) circus with purpose going on at Circus250 for Science Week 2023. Come and see us at a Science Week event near you:

Sunday 12th November
Nature’s Secret Circus are discovering how we can use circus tricks to connect with nature around us at Monaghan Science Fair
https://www.cavanmonaghansciencefestival.ie/

Sunday 12th November
Perform experiments from a great height, spin plates and juggle fish with Fishy ‘n Dishy, and meet Juanita the clown on her mission to rid the world of plastic at Sligo Science Fair
https://www.itsligo.ie/sligosciencefestival


Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks at:

Monday 13th November
Cork Science Week
https://www.facebook.com/corkscience/

Tuesday 14th November
St. Anne’s Primary School, Limerick

Wednesday 15th November
Tipperary Festival of Science
https://www.facebook.com/TipperaryFestivalofScience/

Thursday 16th November – Saturday 18th November
Monaghan Science Fair
https://www.cavanmonaghansciencefestival.ie/

Friday 17th November
St. Mary’s National School, Threemilehouse, Monaghan

Sunday 19th November
Mayo Science Week
https://www.mayo.ie/science-technology


Tuesday 14th November
Juanita the clown will be at Réalt na Mara School tackling the climate crisis with positivity and laughter, and lifting the lid on Dundalk’s recycling bins. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go?

Friday 17th November – Sunday 19th November
Roll up! Roll up for a weekend of circus science fun with circus shows, clown-led beach clean ups, a pub quiz and a late night cabaret at Circus250’s Circus Science By The Sea Festival. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible.
https://circus250.com/festivals/circus-science-by-the-sea

Am I Irish Yet? at Linenhall Arts Centre

Date: November 8, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Community Arts Room, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Am I Irish Yet
A picture of the queen with the words 'Am I Irish Yet? Nope - Still plastic'

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. 

Doors 7:30pm/Show 8pm
Tickets €16 full price/€14 concs. (€5 for under 18’s)

Book tickets at the Linenhall Arts Centre link.

Juanita’s Big Problem at Hullabaloo Festival

Date: November 3, 2023
All-day event
Location: Acorn Youth Cafe Edenderry & Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita the Clown 

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

Running time of 40 minutes with no interval
Tickets €5
2pm at Acorn Youth Cafe, Edenderry
7pm at Clara Family Resource Centre

Am I Irish Yet? at Westival, Westport

Date: October 29, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Clew Bay Hotel, Westport
Am I Irish Yet
Show Promo Picture

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. Westival is the oldest music and arts festival in the West of Ireland. 

6pm, Clew Bay Hotel
Tickets €20

Book tickets at the Westival link.

Fruity ‘n Dishy at Savour Kilkenny Food Festival

Start date: October 28, 2023 - End date: October 29, 2023
All-day event
Location: Parade Plaza, Kilkenny City
Fruity 'n Dishy
Fruity ‘n’ Dishy

Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy loves to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you can have a go at juggling and plate spinning yourself! Fruity ‘n Dishy join the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival this October bank holiday weekend, alongside a bustling 100 Stall MarketCookery Demos by top chefs and Dining Events for every taste. Watch Fruity & Dishy in action and have a go yourself throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Savour Kilkenny Market.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2023
Free
Suitable for all ages

Juanita’s Big Problem at Applecart Arts

Date: October 24, 2023
Time: 11:30 am
Location: The Passmore Edwards Library, 207 Plashet Grove, London
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

Tickets from £7.50
Running time of 45 minutes with no interval
Suitable for all ages, particularly families
Shows at 11:30 & 14:00
24th October 2023

Juanita’s Big Problem at Festival Internazionale di donne clown

Start date: October 13, 2023 - End date: October 14, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Chapiteau Madera, Via Niccolò Paganini, 0/200, Torino
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita - Dancing in the Streets
Juanita - Dancing in the Streets

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

Angelica Santander will be representing Ireland as the first clown from the country to take part in Europe’s only female clown festival. Funded by Culture Ireland.

13th – 14th October 2023
Turin, Italy
Further details tbc

Culture Ireland logo

Juanita’s Big Problem at Mermaid Arts Centre

Date: October 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Mermaid Arts Centre, Main St, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita stood smiling with her broom and bin

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation. Places limited so advance booking required – Please contact the library at 01 222 8317/cabralibrary@dublincity.ie to reserve your place to attend.

Tickets €8, Teachers go free
Running time of 40 minutes with no interval
Suitable for ages 5+, particularly families
Shows at 10:30pm & 12:30pm
11th October 2023

Juanita’s Big Problem at An Tain Arts Centre

Date: October 3, 2023
Time: 10:30 am
Location: An Tain Arts Centre, Crowe St, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

Running time of 40 minutes with no interval
Tickets €3.50 Students (plus €1.50 booking fee per ticket) (Teachers free)
Shows 10:30am & 12:00pm
*For wheelchair / accessibility or school group bookings, please contact the An Tain box office on 042 9332332

Am I Irish Yet? at White Bear Theatre, London

Start date: September 26, 2023 - End date: October 7, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London
Am I Irish Yet
Am I Irish Yet

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. 

Tuesday 26th September to Saturday 7th October, 7:30pm
Tickets £15/£14 concessions

Book tickets at the White Bear Theatre link.
Funded by Culture Ireland
Culture Ireland logo

Circus250 at Knockbridge Vintage Rally & Working Day

Date: September 10, 2023
All-day event
Location: Knockbridge Vintage Club, Knockbridge, Louth, Ireland.
Miscellaneous
Francesca – Out of the Blue

Knockbridge Vintage Rally & Working Day takes place on Sunday 10th September in the village of Knockbridge. The list of highlights on the day is endless with lots of new attractions. All ages will be catered for and a very enjoyable day out is guaranteed. Circus250 will be there with Out Of The Blu who will be bringing hilarious clowning to the humdrum of laundry day, and Maria da Paixão with her mesmerising hoop act.

Johnny Brady * Vintage Cars, Tractors & Bicycles * Vintage Working Area * Combine Demonstration * Potato Planting * Drum Workshop * Children’s Area * Jiving Competition * Vintage Fashion Show * Tug of War * Dog Show * Flower Arranging * Craft Stalls * Lots lots more to be announced…

From 11am
All ages welcome

Circus250 at Belfast Maritime Festival

Start date: September 9, 2023 - End date: September 10, 2023
All-day event
Location: Maritime Mile & Titanic Slipway, Belfast
Fruity 'n Dishy | Miscellaneous | Science on Stilts
Fruity ‘n’ Dishy

Belfast Maritime Festival will welcome a flotilla of vessels and ships to Queen’s Quay and Belfast Harbour Marina on 9 and 10 September. Along the Maritime Mile, there will be entertainment including live music and quayside street performers. Children can enjoy Wee Critters, Mini Explorers and family fun in Kidszone at Queen’s Quay.

Go to Titanic Slipways where a host of fun interactive activities, demonstrations and live shows await curious minds of all ages at the Science Street. The packed programme will explore navigation at sea, marine biology, ship design, climate change and biodiversity.

While you’re at the Slipways, check out the best of local producers and makers at the Belfast Bazaar, enjoy live music performances on stage, and take in the festival’s iconic setting and ambience.

Among all the activities will be Science on Stilts, where you can perform experiments with real scientists from a great height, and Fruity n’ Dishy, a plate spinning and fruit juggling duo who will teach you all thr tricks of their trade.

This event is brought to you by Belfast City Council, supported by Tourism NI, and is delivered in partnership with Maritime Belfast Trust, Belfast Harbour, Odyssey Trust, Department for Communities and Titanic Quarter Ltd.

Free
Suitable for all ages

StrongWomen Science County Donegal Tour 2023

Start date: August 30, 2023 - End date: September 3, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: County Donegal
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

StrongWomen Science are going on tour! Come and witness Aoife and Maria’s astounding tricks, and find out the scientific secrets behind their acts of wonder too. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

StrongWomen Science isn’t just about scientific facts. The show teaches audiences about the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus, and encourages us to ask questions, get inventive and most importantly see that science is for everyone. Come and join us on our tour across County Donegal:

30th August at 7pm
Tory Island Community Centre, Tory Island
For tickets contact +353 74 913 5502 / ccthorai@gmail.com

1st September at 6pm
Arranmore Community Centre, Arranmore Island
For tickets contact +353 74 952 0024 / ionad@cffam.com

Sunday 3rd September at 1pm
Malin Head Community Centre, Malin Head
€5 Single ticket/€15 Family ticket: Book here

Sunday 3rd September at 5pm
Clonmany Community Centre, Clonmany
€5 Single ticket/€15 Family ticket: Book here

Fruity ‘n Dishy at Loughrea Medieval Festival 2023

Date: August 27, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Loughrea Hotel & Spa
Fruity 'n Dishy
Fruity ‘n Dishy

Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy loves to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you can have a go at juggling and plate spinning yourself! Fruity ‘n Dishy join a fantastic lineup at the Loughrea Medieval Festival, a 3 day festival celebrating medieval life. Immerse yourself in the enchanting sights, smells and sounds of medieval Loughrea, with everything from walking tours, craft workshops, short films and a jam-packed line-up of entertainment suitable for the whole family.

27th August 2023
Loughrea Hotel & Spa
Free Entry
Suitable for all ages

The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase at The Big Grill Festival

Date: August 20, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Herbert Park, Dublin
The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase
Jay Ryan – The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase

Jay’s highly trained, teeny tiny fleas are ready to strut their stuff at The Big Grill Festival, Dublin. The Flea Circus involves feats of astonishing bravery and breath-taking beauty – acrobatics, trapeze, high wire and more. Jay has been bringing puppetry, magic and storytelling to children for over twenty years and is known for the TV series ‘Living with a Fairy’ on RTE Junior, adapted from his live show. He started the Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase to capture children’s imaginations and bring a historic form of entertainment to the children of the 21st century with his infectious energy and wit, and an all-star cast of talented fleas.


After a wildly successful event in 2022, Big Grill BBQ and Food Festival returns to Herbert Park in 2023, running from August 17th to 20th, where the very best Irish and international chefs, restaurants and barbecue experts come together to celebrate and explore the delicious challenges, skilful techniques, and pure magic of cooking over live fire. Once you’re all grilled out, live entertainment and Little Grillers children’s activities will give you plenty to do away from the food!

20th August 2023
Suitable for all ages
Range of ticket options available – see Big Grill website for more info

Circus250 at Funtropolis Dublin

Start date: August 19, 2023 - End date: August 20, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Mountjoy Square Park, Mountjoy, Dublin, Ireland
Fruity 'n Dishy | Miscellaneous | Science on Stilts
Science on Stilts

Dublin City Council’s Funtropolis will return to Mountjoy Square Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th & 20th, from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Families can expect a packed programme of weekend events designed to entertain, amuse and ignite imaginations, from immersive storytelling and exciting street theatre and circus to live music, delicious food & drink, and much more. Perform experiments with scientists from a great height with Science on Stilts on Saturday, and we’ll be back on the Sunday with plate spinning and fruit juggling act Fruity n’ Dishy, and Out of The Blu, a circus act full of bubbles and clowning all the way from Italy.

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2023
12PM – 6PM
Suitable for all ages, free to attend

Fruity ‘n Dishy at Belmullet Festival Heritage Day 2023

Date: August 17, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: The Square, Belmullet, Co Mayo, Ireland
Fruity 'n Dishy
Fruity ‘n’ Dishy

Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy loves to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you can have a go at juggling and plate spinning yourself! Fruity ‘n Dishy join a fantastic lineup at Heritage Day of Belmullet Festival, joined by on-street crafts and heritage displays throughout the day.

17th August 2023 (Heritage Day)
For more information visit the Belmullet Festival link.

Sunset Circus Camp for Adults, Achill Island

Start date: August 16, 2023 - End date: August 30, 2023
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Keel Beach, Achill Island
Miscellaneous
Sunset Circus Camp for Adults

Who says camp is just for kids? Learn to juggle, hula hoop and even do acrobatics while the sun sets on the stunning Keel Beach. Unwind after work, meet new people, learn your next dinner party trick or discover a hidden talent and run away to the circus with us! A unique and invigorating experience for anyone to enjoy, let our Sunset Circus Camp for Adults be your first exciting glimpse inside the circus tent.

Wednesday 16th August 8–9pm
Wednesday 23rd August 8–9pm
Wednesday 30th August 8–9pm

Cost 10€ per session

Small classes so best to book: T 0862 432107
E ringmaster@circus250.org

Funded by the Department of Tourism
Department of Tourism logo

Culture Ireland logo

Sunset Circus Camp for Kids, Achill Island

Start date: August 16, 2023 - End date: August 30, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Keel Beach Playground, Achill Island
Miscellaneous
Sunset Circus Camp For Kids

Roll up, roll up for a day of circus fun and learn to juggle, hula hoop and even do acrobatics with real circus performers! In summer evening camp you will love learning new circus skills. Did you know it’s scientifically proven that learning circus skills helps build things like self-esteem, confidence and socialisation in children? Scientific studied have found that children felt a greater sense of freedom, confidence and happiness after taking part in a circus skills program. So come and learn to juggle, spin plates, hula hoop and do acrobatic tricks at our Sunset Circus Camp for Kids.

Wednesday 16th August 5.30–7pm
Wednesday 23rd/Thursday 24th/Friday 25th August 5.30–7pm
Wednesday 30th August 5.30–7pm

Beginners welcome / Age 8-12
Cost 5€ per session / book each separately

Small classes so best to book:
T: 0862 432107
E: ringmaster@circus250.org

Funded by the Department of Tourism
Department of Tourism logo

Culture Ireland logo

Fruity ‘n Dishy at Athenry’s Walled Town Day 2023

Date: August 13, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Community Park, Athenry Castle, Heritage Centre and the Community Hall, Athenry
Fruity 'n Dishy
Fruity ‘n’ Dishy

Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy loves to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you can have a go at juggling and plate spinning yourself! Fruity ‘n Dishy join the Walled Town Day, showcasing the Anglo-Norman influences in the medieval town of Athenry.  The displays range from falconry, arts & crafts, have a go archery, battle reenactments, displays of weaponry, children’s craft workshops, medieval music, storytelling and puppet shows. Supported by the Heritage Council and Galway County Council.

13th August 2023
Free Entry
Suitable for all ages

Juanita’s Big Problem at Cabra Library

Date: August 10, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Cabra Library, Dublin
Juanita's Big Problem
Juantia 2023

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation. Places limited so advance booking required – Please contact the library at 01 222 8317/cabralibrary@dublincity.ie to reserve your place to attend.

Running time of 40 minutes with no interval
Suitable for all ages, particularly families
Shows at 12pm & 2pm
10th August 2023

Juanita’s Big Problem at Ballyfermot Library

Date: August 9, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Ballyfermot Library, Dublin
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanitas-Talk-1

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation. Places limited so advance booking required – Please contact the library at 01 222 8422/ballyfermotlibrary@dublincity.ie to reserve your place to attend.

Running time of 40 minutes with no interval
Suitable for all ages, particularly families
Shows at 12pm & 2pm
9th August 2023

Circus 250 at Claremorris Show

Date: August 6, 2023
All-day event
Location: The Showgrounds, Castlebar Road, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Miscellaneous
Claremorris Agricultural Show

Claremorris Agricultural show is long recognised as one of the premier shows in the western region, where you can find everything from flower arranging and dog shows to fancy dress, horse and pony jumping and much more. From Circus250 you’ll find The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase, plate spinning and fruit juggling act Fruity n’ Dishy, and Out of The Blu, a circus act full of bubbles and clowning all the way from Italy.

6th August 2023
All Day
Suitable for all ages, free entry

Circus Summer Camp at Linenhall Arts Centre

Start date: July 11, 2023 - End date: July 13, 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Community Arts Room, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Miscellaneous
Giant bubbles at Daring Dames Festival Achill March 2022

Roll up, roll up for three days of circus fun and learn to juggle, hula hoop and even do acrobatics with real circus performers! In this three day camp you will love learning new art and circus skills. This camp is facilitated by Linenhall artists and Circus250’s performers.

Tue 11 – Thur 13 July, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Suitable for ages 8 – 14 years old. Please note to ensure a quality experience for all participants places are listed and booking is essential. You will need to bring a lunch with you each day and wear loose comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting in a mess.

€65 per child/€60 siblings discount. To avail of sibling discount please telephone box office as this concession is not available online. 

Circus250 at Funtropolis Dublin

Start date: July 8, 2023 - End date: July 9, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Merrion Square Park, Merrion Square East, Dublin, Ireland
Miscellaneous
Out of the Blue

Dublin City Council’s Funtropolis will return to Merrion Square Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 8th & 9th 2023, from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Families can expect a packed programme of weekend events designed to entertain, amuse and ignite imaginations, from immersive storytelling and exciting street theatre and circus to live music, delicious food & drink, and much more. Circus250 will be there on the Saturday with an all-woman cabaret act Daring Dames including Ursula Burns The Dangerous Harpist, plate spinning and fruit juggling act Fruity n’ Dishy, and Out of The Blu, a circus act full of bubbles and clowning all the way from Italy. On the Sunday, meet Jay’s all-star cast of fleas at The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase and perform experiments with scientists from a great height with Science on Stilts.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2023
12PM – 6PM
Suitable for all ages, free to attend

Juanita’s Big Problem at The Mary Robinson Climate Conference

Date: July 7, 2023
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse St, Abbeyhalfquarter, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation. Juanita’s Big Problem is part of the Mary Robinson Climate Conference, which takes place 5-7 July in Ballina, Co Mayo, delivered by The Mary Robinson Centre in partnership with Ballina 2023, Mayo County Council and University of Galway, sponsored by IPB Insurance and EirGrid Group.

7th July 2:30PM
Suitable for children ages 5-12
Free to attend

Juanita’s Big Problem at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

Date: July 4, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Various Venues, Sligo
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

4th July:
12PM Hawk’s Well Theatre
4PM Ballymote Library

Cost: Free
All ages welcome

Book tickets at the Eventbrite link.

The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase at Enniscrone Agricultural Show

Date: July 2, 2023
All-day event
Location: Castleconnor Community Centre, Corbally, Co. Sligo, Ireland
The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase
The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase

Jay’s highly trained, teeny tiny fleas are ready to strut their stuff at Enniscrone Agricultural Show. The Flea Circus involves feats of astonishing bravery and breath-taking beauty – acrobatics, trapeze, high wire and more. Jay has been bringing puppetry, magic and storytelling to children for over twenty years and is known for the TV series ‘Living with a Fairy’ on RTE Junior, adapted from his live show. He started the Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase to capture children’s imaginations and bring a historic form of entertainment to the children of the 21st century with his infectious energy and wit, and an all-star cast of talented fleas.


The fleas will be joining an impressive line up of other creatures at the agricultural show, an important community event which provides an opportunity to experience all that is good about life in rural Ireland, with a trade/food fair, fun competitions, children/family activities, music & entertainment.

Suitable for all ages, free to attend.

Fruity ‘n Dishy at Donegal Town Summer Festival 2023

Date: July 1, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: The Diamond, Donegal Town, Ireland
Fruity ‘n Dishy

Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy loves to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you can have a go at juggling and plate spinning yourself! Fruity ‘n Dishy join a fantastic Saturday lineup of the Donegal Town Summer Festival, with live music and entertainment for the whole family throughout the day.

Day tickets €10 + booking fee
Weekend ticket €20 + booking fee

Am I Irish Yet? at An Táin Arts Centre

Date: June 23, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Am I Irish Yet
Show Promo Picture

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. 

Doors 7:30pm/Show 8pm
Tickets €18/€16 (plus €1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Book tickets at the An Táin Arts Centre link.

Science on Stilts at Great Exhibition Road Festival

Start date: June 17, 2023 - End date: June 18, 2023
All-day event
Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London
Science on Stilts
ATU Sligo – Family Fun Day – Science on Stilts

Do you look up to scientists? Well now you really can! Science on Stilts is a walkabout performance where real life scientists – who are also accomplished stiltwalkers – do simple science experiments with you! For example, they can talk to you on their paper cup phones, demonstrate why different objects dropped from a height land at the same time, and why they have to keep wobbling to stay upright. They’ll stop on their stilts to have scientific chats with anyone who has high ambitions to learn more about science. Our scientists on stilts elevate how atoms are made or why bubbles reflect colours to a new height – and huge fun.

Cost: Free
Suitable for all ages
17th June: All day
18th June: All day

More info about the festival at the Great Exhibition Road website linked.

StrongWomen Science at An Táin Arts Centre

Date: June 14, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

StrongWomen Science is a circus science performance and accompanying workshops for children starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife is an engineer, Maria and environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin or if you can juggle liquid?

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

14th June 2023 at 10am & 12:30pm
Cost: €3.50 Students (plus €1.50 booking fee per ticket) (Teachers free)

Book tickets at the An Táin Arts Centre website link.

Juanita’s Big Problem at Edenderry Library (Cruinniú na nÓg)

Date: June 10, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Edenderry Library, JKL Street, Edenderry, Co. Offaly
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

10th June 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Suitable for children ages 5-12
This event is free but places are limited so booking is essential.

To book, contact Edenderry Library on 046 9731028 or edenderrylibrary@offalycoco.ie    

Juanita’s Big Problem at Daingean Library (Cruinniú na nÓg)

Date: June 10, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Daingean Library, Main Street, Daingean, Co. Offaly
Juanita's Big Problem
#Re-Invent – Juanita

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

10th June 10:00AM-11:00AM
Suitable for children ages 5-12
This event is free but places are limited so booking is essential.

To book, contact Daingean Library on 057 9353005 or daingeanlibrary@offalycoco.ie   

Circus250 at Dustplay, Bellmullet

Date: June 10, 2023
All-day event
Location: Nugent's Quay, Belmullet (Quay Street/School Road Junction, at Knight's Pier)
Miscellaneous
A mermaid sitting with two children blowing bubbles

Circus250 will be at ‘Dustplay’, Belmullet Town’s 2K Colour Run, a reimagining of an artistic work of Jack B. Yeats. Come and meet a real mermaid and find out what she has to say about ecology of our shores. Marvel at our rope dart and stilt walking performers, and get involved in the free children’s drawing workshops.

Cost: Free
Suitable for all ages
10th June all day from 11am

Sorcas Circus Village in Achill (Cruinnui na N’Og)

Date: June 10, 2023
All-day event
Location: Golden Strand (Outdoors) or Halla Acla, The Sound (Indoors) Achill Island, Co Mayo
Miscellaneous
Giant bubbles at Daring Dames Festival Achill March 2022

Sorcas Circus Village is an immersive all-day event where children and young people have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of circus acts and art in hands-on workshops. The village area will be transformed into a magical place, using a small tent and props, as if it were a travelling circus. Inside this ring of wonder there will be continuous displays of circus arts throughout the day (hula hoop, juggling, clown face, acrobatics etc) alongside hands-on workshops in:

  • Hula hoop
  • Juggling
  • Acrobatics
  • Plate spinning
  • Wire walking
  • Rigging with Circus250’s aerial rig
  • How to make a clown face
  • Circus costume from Circus Wardrobe

The Circus Village will take place outdoors (weather permitting, by Golden Strand, Achill Island) or indoors (Halla Acla, The Sound, Achill Island).

This will be the first opportunity for children and young people of Achill and the region to experience a wide range of circus art. Through professional acts programmed throughout the day, they will have the chance to try circus arts for themselves. This includes not only physical activities (such as acrobatics) but the art of painting a clown face, and the heritage of how each clown has their own licensed face that no other clown is allowed to copy. Learn how circus costumes are made and the science behind the aerial rig and have a go at knotting and securing ropes.

No booking is required.

Science on Stilts at Cork Carnival of Science

Start date: June 10, 2023 - End date: June 11, 2023
All-day event
Location: Fitzgerald's Park, Mardyke, Cork, Ireland
Science on Stilts
ATU Sligo – Family Fun Day – Science on Stilts

Do you look up to scientists? Well now you really can! Science on Stilts is a walkabout performance where real life scientists – who are also accomplished stiltwalkers – do simple science experiments with you! For example, they can talk to you on their paper cup phones, demonstrate why different objects dropped from a height land at the same time, and why they have to keep wobbling to stay upright. They’ll stop on their stilts to have scientific chats with anyone who has high ambitions to learn more about science. Our scientists on stilts elevate how atoms are made or why bubbles reflect colours to a new height – and huge fun.

Cost: Free
Suitable for all ages
10th June: All day
11th June: All day

More info about the festival at the Cork Carnival of Science website linked.

StrongWomen Science at Mountshannon Arts Festival

Date: June 3, 2023
Time: 11:00 am
Location: The Hall, Mountshannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

StrongWomen Science is a circus science performance and accompanying workshops for children starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife is an engineer, Maria an environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin or if you can juggle liquid?

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

3rd June 2023 at 11am
Cost: €6 Show, €6 Workshop (Joint ticket €10)

Book tickets at the Mountshannon Arts Festival website link.

Juanita’s Big Problem at Mermaid Arts Centre

Start date: May 30, 2023 - End date: June 1, 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Juanita's Big Problem
Angelica-Santander

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

30th May 10:30AM & 12:30PM
31st May 10:30AM & 12:30PM
1st June 10:30AM & 12:30PM

Cost: €8 + Teachers go Free Full Price
All ages welcome

Book tickets at the Mermaid Arts Centre link.

Juanita’s Big Problem at Lancashire Science Festival

Date: May 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 am
Location: UCLan Media Factory, Kirkham St, Preston PR1 1JN
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act ♻️
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by an interactive talk with audience participation.

Show times:
11.00am – 11.45am
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.45pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Free (Public Pass)
All ages welcome

More information and how to book a public pass at the Lancashire Science Festival link.

StrongWomen Science at Riverbank Arts Centre

Date: May 13, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

StrongWomen Science is a circus science performace and accompanying workshops for children starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife is an engineer, Maria and environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin or if you can juggle liquid?

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Time: 4pm
Cost: €10/€32 (family of 4)

Book tickets at the Riverbank Arts Centre Website link.

Juanita’s Big Problem at Somerscience Festival

Date: May 1, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Caryford Hall, Castle Cary
Juanita's Big Problem
Angelica-Santander

We have to listen to Juanita – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Big Problem is interactive environmental show by leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in a provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

The show is accompanied by workshops making Eco-Bricks from used plastic.

10:00am – 11:00am
All ages welcome

Am I Irish Yet? at Nenagh Arts Centre

Date: April 22, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Am I Irish Yet
Show Promo Picture

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. 

Doors 7:30pm/Show 8pm
Tickets €18

Book tickets at the Nenagh Arts Centre link.

Am I Irish Yet? at London Irish Centre

Date: March 30, 2023
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: London Irish Centre, Camden, London, UK
Am I Irish Yet
Show Promo Picture

Am I Irish Yet? is one-woman show chronicling the life of Kate Kerrigan, a New York Times bestselling author who began her career as an editor for Just Seventeen magazine (where she was credited for discovering the band Take That). After spending her childhood in London in the 80s as the ‘Bombing Irish’ to some and a ‘Plastic Paddy’ to others, she moved to her parent’s native Ireland in the 90s where she became a full-time author.

35 years on, with an Irish husband and children and a career as an Irish author, Kate brings the wisdom and wit of her award-winning writing to audiences in person for the first time, to whom she asks, ‘Am I Irish Yet?’.

Am I Irish Yet? is part of Circus250’s Daring Dames series, reflecting their commitment to developing and touring exciting new work by fierce women. 

Matinee: Doors 1:30pm/Show 2pm
Evening: Doors 6:30pm/Show 7pm
Tickets £15/£13 conc.

Book tickets at the London Irish Centre link.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Kilkenny Parade 2023

Date: March 17, 2023
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Miscellaneous
St Patricks Day Kilkenny 2022 Parade

We are so excited to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2023 by performing through Kilkenny’s medieval streets in their show-stopping parade. This year’s parade theme is Legends and Stories, so alongside the Celtic myths and legends you’ll travel back 250 years to the arrival of first circus in Ireland in 1773. From the first circus juggling acts to come to these shores, to the arrival of fantastical beasts from lands far away, to today’s astounding acrobats, experience the history of this magical art through the centuries. Then run away to the circus and learn to juggle, spin plates and do acrobatic tricks yourself!

Circus250 will be out in full force with clown antics from Juanita, juggling and plate spinning from Fruity n’ Dishy, circus face painting and more.

The 2023 Parade route will go from John Street, to Rose Inn Street, The Parade (Review stand), High Street, and finish at the Market Yard. Kilkenny will be full of lively entertainment and activity throughout the day with live music performances, food and crafts, interactive shows and carnival rides.

Make a day of it, or better still make a couple days of it as the Festival runs from the 15th – 19th March 2023. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us and enjoy the best of Ireland and Kilkenny!  

Parade starts at 1:30pm
All ages welcome

StrongWomen Science at Tullie House

Start date: February 25, 2023 - End date: February 26, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Tullie House, Carlisle
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

As part of the City of Lights Festival, Tullie will be hosting some amazing science shows to tie in with the theme of the light show.

StrongWomen Science is a circus science performace and accompanying workshops for children starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife is an engineer, Maria and environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin or if you can juggle liquid?

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Shows and workshops running at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February.

StrongWomen Science at An Grianan Theatre

Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: An Grianan Theatre, Donegal
StrongWomen Science
Strong Women Science Fire
Maria and Aiofe joining hands in a burst of flames

StrongWomen Science is a circus science performace and accompanying workshops for children starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife is an engineer, Maria and environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin or if you can juggle liquid?

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Shows running at 10:30am and 12:30pm.

StrongWomen Science at Barnsley Civic

Date: February 18, 2023
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
StrongWomen Science
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**Pics free to use** Edinburgh Science Festival presents StrongWomen Science: two circus scientists Aoife Raleigh (an engineer(Orange)) and Maria Corcoran (a chemist(Blue)) reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced performance, find out how jugglers, fire eaters, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Then have a go at some of the circus science experiments yourself in hands-on post-show activities (limited availability). StrongWomen Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science and technology, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible. StrongWomen Science Wednesday 10 April at 2pm, Pleasance Theatre Children 5+

StrongWomen Science is a circus science show for children and families starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife Raleigh is an engineer, Maria Corcoran an environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

StrongWomen Science at Exchange Theatre, Twickenham

Date: February 16, 2023
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
StrongWomen Science
SWS Edinburgh Science Fest Apr 2019 photo credit Ian Georgeson. Courtesy of Circus250
SWS Edinburgh Science Fest Apr 2019 photo credit Ian Georgeson. Courtesy of Circus250

StrongWomen Science is a circus science show for children and families starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife Raleigh is an engineer, Maria Corcoran an environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Shows at 1.30pm and 4pm.

StrongWomen Science at Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum

Start date: February 14, 2023 - End date: February 15, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
StrongWomen Science
SWS Edinburgh Science Fest Apr 2019 photo credit Ian Georgeson. Courtesy of Circus250

StrongWomen Science is a circus science show for children and families starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife Raleigh is an engineer, Maria Corcoran an environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

More details coming soon!

StrongWomen Science at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

Start date: January 10, 2023 - End date: January 14, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
StrongWomen Science
SWS-Edinburgh-Science-Fest-Apr-2019-photo-credit-Ian-Georgeson-100419IAGSCI_26.-Courtesy-of-Circus250
**Pics free to use** Edinburgh Science Festival presents StrongWomen Science: two circus scientists Aoife Raleigh (an engineer(Orange)) and Maria Corcoran (a chemist(Blue)) reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced performance, find out how jugglers, fire eaters, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Then have a go at some of the circus science experiments yourself in hands-on post-show activities (limited availability). StrongWomen Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science and technology, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible. StrongWomen Science Wednesday 10 April at 2pm, Pleasance Theatre Children 5+

StrongWomen Science is a circus science show for children and families starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife Raleigh is an engineer, Maria Corcoran an environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

More details coming soon!

YuleFest Kilkenny

Date: December 23, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Acrobats@Circus250 (1)

Watch out for our astounding acrobats Double Trouble as they entertain at YuleFest

Circus Science by the Sea Festival

Start date: November 18, 2022 - End date: November 20, 2022
All-day event
Location: Achill Island

Science on Stilts at Monaghan Science festival

Date: November 12, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Monaghan Science Festival
Science on Stilts
ATU Sligo – Family Fun Day – Science on Stilts

Do you look up to scientists? Well now you really can! Science on Stilts is a walkabout performance where real life scientists – who are also accomplished stiltwalkers – do simple science experiments with you! For example, they can talk to you on their paper cup phones, demonstrate why different objects dropped from a height land at the same time, and why they have to keep wobbling to stay upright. They’ll stop on their stilts to have scientific chats with anyone who has high ambitions to learn more about science. Our scientists on stilts elevate how atoms are made or why bubbles reflect colours to a new height – and huge fun.

Juanita’s Talk at Monaghan Science Festival

Date: November 12, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Monaghan Science Festival
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Exact times tbc

StrongWomen Science – Louth Science Festival

Start date: November 9, 2022 - End date: November 10, 2022
All-day event
StrongWomen Science
SWS-Edinburgh-Science-Fest-Apr-2019-photo-credit-Ian-Georgeson-100419IAGSCI_26.-Courtesy-of-Circus250
**Pics free to use** Edinburgh Science Festival presents StrongWomen Science: two circus scientists Aoife Raleigh (an engineer(Orange)) and Maria Corcoran (a chemist(Blue)) reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced performance, find out how jugglers, fire eaters, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Then have a go at some of the circus science experiments yourself in hands-on post-show activities (limited availability). StrongWomen Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science and technology, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible. StrongWomen Science Wednesday 10 April at 2pm, Pleasance Theatre Children 5+

StrongWomen Science is a circus science show for children and families starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Aoife Raleigh is an engineer, Maria Corcoran an environmental scientist.

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Shows and workshops will take place on both days, times tbc.

Juanita’s Talk – NCL

Date: November 3, 2022
All-day event
Location: Venue TBC
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Showtime TBC

Juanita’s Talk – Castletymon

Date: November 3, 2022
All-day event
Location: Venue TBC
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Talk

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Showtime TBC

Juanita’s Talk – Ballyroan

Date: November 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Ballyroan - venue tbc
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Talk

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Showtime: 10am

Juanita’s Talk – Lucan

Date: November 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Lucan - venue tbc
Juanita's Big Problem
Angelica-Santander

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Showtime: 4pm

Juanita’s Talk – Tallaght Library

Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Tallaght Library, Dublin
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Big Problem

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita’s Talk at Westival

Date: October 30, 2022
All-day event
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Talk

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

To book please click the links below

2pm: https://westival.ie/event/juanitas-talk-2/2022-10-30/

4pm: https://westival.ie/event/juanitas-talk/

Nature’s Secret Circus – Jersey

Date: October 22, 2022
All-day event
Location: Jersey Museum
Nature's Secret Circus
NSC Workshop Mulranny 10 Nov 2021 Photo credit Conor McKeown for Circus250

In Nature’s Secret Circus, young people are guided by an environmental scientist and two circus tutors to create acrobat shapes and movements in response to their local landscape – whether a forest, lake, beach, hill or park. It’s capturing the world around them, but not with words on the page or pen in a sketchbook, but through circus tricks.

Workshops will be from 9.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-4pm

See more on the Jersey Heritage Facebook site

StrongWomen Science at Droichead Arts Centre

Start date: October 15, 2022 - End date: October 16, 2022
All-day event
Location: Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Stockwell Ln, Downtown Drogheda, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
StrongWomen Science
SWS Edinburgh Science Fest Apr 2019 photo credit Ian Georgeson. Courtesy of Circus250

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Fruity ‘n Dishy – Family Day in Kilkenny

Date: October 9, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Canal Walk, Kilkenny City.
Fruity 'n Dishy
Fruity ‘n’ Dishy

Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy loves to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you can have a go at juggling and plate spinning yourself!

Juanita’s Talk – ASDC conference

Date: September 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Glasgow Science Centre
Juanita's Big Problem
Juanita’s Talk

You have to listen to Juanita’s Talk – because it’s time we cleaned up our act!
Juanita’s Talk is an hour-long interactive environmental show for the whole family by Ireland’s leading female clown Angelica Santander.

Juanita wants to lift the lid on your recycling bin. What should we do with all this plastic? Where does all that plastic we recycle actually go? What can we do to stop it? Juanita can’t answer these questions on her own – she needs you to help her. So she invites the audience to assist in fulfilling her quest for a plastic-free world. Using projections, music, dance and clowning, plastic pollution is tackled in an provocative, entertaining and ridiculous way. An important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

Juanita’s Talk is followed by a led discussion on positive solutions to plastic pollution.

This performance is free to attendees of the ASDC conference in Glasgow.

Clowning and climate change: Dea Birkett at ASDC Conference

Date: September 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: ASDC Conference, Glasgow
Dea Birkett – The Ringmaster’s Jacket

Discussion Table: Clowning and climate change. Is circus a good way to communicate science?

This table will discuss the following questions:

  1. Why have you never used circus before? If you have, how?
  2. Can circus make science less scary? And the future less bleak?
  3. Do you think circus science in your centre would attract different visitors?

Biography

Dea Birkett, a former circus artiste, founded and is Ringmaster of Circus250, a circus creation and touring company. Circus250 co-ordinated the UK and Ireland-wide celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018.

The not-for-profit company specialises in ‘Circus with Purpose’, in particular making circus science shows that tackle inequalities and challenging issues in STEM. Circus250’s StrongWomen Science won Best Family Event in the prestigious Family Friendly Awards – the first science show to do so. Circus250 has worked across UK, Ireland and beyond – including with Science Museum, National Railway Museum and Abu Dhabi Science Festival – using circus to make science accessible to all.

Dea is also founder of and led Kids in Museums, the UK-wide organisation working with museums, science centres and heritage sites to make them more welcoming of children and families – in particular those who have never visited before.

House of Straw Festival (free!)

Date: September 25, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Straw Bale Theatre, Achill Island
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Circus 250 will be hosting the first House of Straw Festival on Achill Island, supported by funding from the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

The Local Live Performance Programming Scheme is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and administered by Mayo County Council

Daytime Equinox Festival (free!)

Date: September 24, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Valley House, Achill Island
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Wake up to Twilight Circus – a glittering festival cabaret to welcome the autumn and celebrate the passing of summer

About this event

Wake up with us!

A festival of light and laughter for all the family starring contortionists, tumblers, hula hoop artists, jugglers, flow dancers, music and spoken word poetry from across the world.

Equinox is when the island falls quiet. Visitors leave and the sun begins to set early. It’s the birth of another season, when we gather indoors to celebrate what the summer has brought and the winter may bring. We find warmth by the fire. Come join us to celebrate this special time of year and herald in the autumn.

Featuring Achill Island’s own Circus250 house band with Diarmuid Gielty, John Butler, Lisa Fukuda and Alan Hughes.

Staged in the historic atmospheric dining room at the Valley House, Achill Island.

Hot drinks available throughout.

This event is supported by Regional Festivals funding.

Culture Night (free!)

Date: September 23, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Valley House, Achill Island
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Roll up for a Culture Night like you’ve never seen before – from Bardic poetry to Ireland’s only Strongwoman. Culture with a twist and kick.

About this event

Culture Night at the The Valley House features:

FIRST ACT

Short Film – Blood Cradle of the Heart

Singer and musician Ursula Burns The Dangerous Harpist

Kevin Toolis – Ireland’s only Bafta-winning Bardic poet author of My Father’s Wake

SECOND ACT

Rock Hard Roxy – Ireland’s only strongwoman

Music from Ursula Burns

Fire dancer Strix Nebulosa

Relax in the beautiful historic dining room of the Valley House for an hour and a half of entertainment and thrills with some of Ireland’s leading performers. Bar open.

Did you know Culture Night is part of THREE DAYS of circus celebration on Achill -see our other listings for more information.

This event is supported by funding from Culture Night, administered by Mayo County Council, the Arts Council and Creative Ireland.

Science on Stilts at British Science Festival

Date: September 17, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Humberstone Gate, Leicester
Science on Stilts
ATU Sligo – Family Fun Day – Science on Stilts

Do you look up to scientists? Well now you really can! Science on stilts is a walkabout show where real-life scientists – who are also accomplished stilt walkers – do simple science experiments with you! They’ll stop on their stilts to have scientific chats with anyone who has high ambitions to learn more about science. Our scientists on stilts elevate how atoms are made or why bubbles reflect colours to a new height – and huge fun. 

StrongWomen Science at Cork Circus Factory

Start date: September 17, 2022 - End date: September 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
StrongWomen Science
Aoife Heavy Duty Dame
Aoife Raleigh, Heavy Duty Dame

As part of Pitch’d Festival, StrongWomen Aoife and Maria are bringing their shows to Cork on in September!

Sept 17th 1.30pm at Marina Market

3.30pm at Lapps Quay Sept 18th 1pm Lapps Quay

Plus a performance at the Gala in the Everyman starting at 4pm.

Daring Dames at Castletymon Library

Date: September 3, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Castletymon Library, Dublin
Daring Dames
Daring Dames 2022

Daring Dames is Ireland’s first and only all-female travelling circus – bringing astounding feats of strength and daring to you. Led by a ringmistress and resounding with music and song, Daring Dames goes beyond spectacle to question who can be and what is daring, and how we are all daring in our everyday lives.

Shows at 12 noon and 14:30

Fruity and Dishy at Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town

Date: August 28, 2022
All-day event
Location: Donegal
Fruity 'n Dishy
Fruity

Join our new act, Fruity ‘n Dishy at Donegal’s Savour the Flavour!

Fruity is a juggler, Dishy a plate spinner. And fruity loves to juggle real fruit while Dishy spins his plates. In hours of foody fun, they show how to juggle apples, oranges and pears, and spin plates. And everyone can have a go at doing it themselves.

Frame at the National Gallery

Start date: August 22, 2022 - End date: August 23, 2022
All-day event
Location: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
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FRAME – Circus for Drawing

Join us for a live drawing experience at the National Gallery, with real circus acts. Visitors are supported by an artist throughout. You don’t need any drawing experience. The Frame acts are highly visual, a little slower than a regular circus act, and involve repetition so visitors have more than one attempt to capture them.

Daring Dames at Funtropolis

Date: August 21, 2022
All-day event
Location: Mountjoy Square, Dublin
Daring Dames
Daring Dames Festival 2022

Join Daring Dames at Funtropolis in Mountjoy Square, Dublin. From astonishing acrobatics to hilarious clowns, Ireland’s all-female circus artistes entertain and enthrall.

Secret Garden Circus

Date: August 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street, Ballina.
Frame – circus for drawing

Join a cast of Circus250 performers for this free event to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Jackie Clarke Collection’s beautiful Walled Heritage Garden for Heritage Week.

This free event is running from 11am until 4pm in the Jackie Clarke Walled Heritage Garden and everyone is welcome!

Belmullet Festival

Start date: August 18, 2022 - End date: August 19, 2022
All-day event
Daring Dames Festival 2022

Join a cast of Circus250 performers at Belmullet Festival on the 18th and 19th of August. On the 19th, there will be a street carnival with live performances and music from 7pm.

Big Grill Festival, Dublin

Start date: August 13, 2022 - End date: August 14, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Dublin
Daring Dames | Fruity 'n Dishy
Daring Dames 2022

Join us at Big Grill Festival in Dublin where we will be entertaining you with our Daring Dames cabaret as well as brand new act Fruity ‘n Dishy!

Dishy and Fruity

The Claremorris Agricultural Show is back for 2022!

Fruity is a juggler, Dishy a plate spinner. And fruity loves to juggle real fruit while Dishy spins his plates. In hours of foody fun, they show how to juggle apples, oranges and pears, and spin plates. And everyone can have a go at doing it themselves.

All Together Now

Date: July 30, 2022
All-day event
Location: Waterford
Equinox Circus Sorcas Achill 19.9.21 Maria stiltwalking by Kevin Toolis, courtesy of Circus250

Join us at All Together Now festival at Curraghmore Estate in Waterford, where Circus250 will be providing a day of all things circus on 30th July.

Strong Women Science – Jarrow Focus Library

Date: July 27, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Jarrow Focus Library, South Shields
StrongWomen Science
Daring Dames Festival 2022

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Details to come.

The Theatre Chipping Norton

Date: July 23, 2022
Time: 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL
StrongWomen Science
SWS Edinburgh Science Fest Apr 2019 photo credit Ian Georgeson. Courtesy of Circus250
SWS Edinburgh Science Fest Apr 2019 photo credit Ian Georgeson. Courtesy of Circus250

StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Details to come.

Strong Women Science – Cabra Library

Date: July 19, 2022
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Location: Cabra Library
StrongWomen Science
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**Pics free to use** Edinburgh Science Festival presents StrongWomen Science: two circus scientists Aoife Raleigh (an engineer(Orange)) and Maria Corcoran (a chemist(Blue)) reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced performance, find out how jugglers, fire eaters, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Then have a go at some of the circus science experiments yourself in hands-on post-show activities (limited availability). StrongWomen Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science and technology, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible. StrongWomen Science Wednesday 10 April at 2pm, Pleasance Theatre Children 5+

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, or if you can juggle liquid? Well roll up, roll up and watch StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind these and many more astounding tricks, with science just as breath-taking as the feats themselves. In this fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts.

Duration: Performance – c40mins 

Workshop (with morning performance only) 25 mins 

Places limited so booking required. Please see Cabra Library website for details.

Cairde Silgo Arts Festival

Date: July 3, 2022
All-day event
Location: Peace Park, Silgo
StrongWomen Science
Aoife and Maria at Equinox Circus Sorcas Festival

StrongWomen Science will be at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, a unique coming together of artists and audiences. It is a celebration of imagination and shared experience that welcomes all.

Juanita’s Talk – Omagh Library

Date: July 2, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Omagh Library, 1 Spillars Place, Irishtown Road, Omagh BT78 1HL
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Juanita’s Talk, part of Daring Debuts, new work at the Daring Dames Festival, 4.30pm Saturday 5 March, Valley House, Achill Island
Juanita’s Talk, part of Daring Debuts, new work at the Daring Dames Festival, 4.30pm Saturday 5 March, Valley House, Achill Island

Juanita will will treat children of 8 – 11 years to an interactive ecology show as part of Omagh Library’s StoryTrails – Two days of fun for all the family!

Juanita will use music, dance and clowning to encourage the children in the audience to come up with their own innovative and imaginative answers to plastic pollution. Juanita’s Talk is an important, urgent and utterly hilarious show full of hope for our future.

All StoryTrails events are FREE to attend and booking is essential. To book a place contact Omagh Library 028 8244 0733 or email omagh.library@librariesni.org.uk.