Step right up! Circus workshops hit Hackney

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 June 2016

The Hackney Shed putting on a circus workshop for children

The Hackney Shed putting on a circus workshop for children


The circus came to Hackney for half-term as charity the Hackney Shed hosted a workshop for youngsters.

A youngster tries her hand on stilts at the eventA youngster tries her hand on stilts at the event

Two workshops took place on Wednesday and Thursday last week, with separate sessions for eight- to 11-year-olds and 11-to-17 year-olds.

Professional circus performer Kaveh Rahnama was hired to provide lessons for the youngsters, teaching them skills such as juggling, acrobatics, hula hoop and stilt-walking to name just a few.

“We were delighted with the workshops,” said Barry Fitzgerald, co-ordinator at the Hackney Shed.

“Both days were a great success and the sense of fun, engagement and skill from the young people was incredible.

Children take part in a ball game at the eventChildren take part in a ball game at the event

“It was just amazing to see how quickly they took to difficult skills such as arco-balance and stilt walking.

“The level of focus was fantastic and just so lovely to see how well they all worked together.”

Established in 2001, the Hackney Shed is a performing arts group for young people.

It operates out of the BSix college building in Kenninghall Road, Upper Clapton.

They run three clubs for differing age groups: “Children’s Theatre” for those aged seven to 11, “Youth Theatre” for 11- to 16-year-olds and “Hackney Shed +” for those aged 16 to 19.

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