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The iconic Parish Church of St Chad transformed into a circus venue echoing times gone by with an exhilarating medieval feel by Skylight Circus Arts

Skylight Circus ‘Sparrow Hill’ - A Stunning Circus Show


Review by Steve Cooke


 “Sparrow Hill”, was Skylight’s most ambitious new circus show to date, and a roaring success!


The iconic Parish Church of St Chad was transformed into a circus venue echoing times gone by with an exhilarating medieval feel.

For the past 6 months, Skylight’s large cast of community and professional performers have researched the histories and mysteries of Skylight’s home on Sparrow Hill to co-create this wonderful, uplifting, magical circus show.


From the myth of the moving stones to famous artists, the odd hedgehog and even a giant pop-up book, they took us on a thrilling journey through 1000 years of local history in a stunning setting.

The audience were delighted and inspired by a vast range of performers from 8 to 88 years old! Of all shapes, sizes and abilities, a truly inclusive troupe.


Up in the air and on the ground, Sparrow Hill stories were brought to life through spectacularly awe-inspiring circus skills.


Martine Bradford, Creative Director was central to the cohesiveness and inclusivity of Sparrow Hill, performing while ensuring that even the most challenged of participants were able to put on a great show.


Produced by Skylight Circus Arts, Director Gil Burns, Associate Director Grania Pickard, Music composed and recorded by Steven Broomhead, Design by Kerrith Ogden, Technical & Stage Management -University of Salford Technical Theatre Students.


With Special guests - live music performed by award winning local young musicians ‘Chords and Fiddles’

Huge thanks and congratulations to all involved for an inspiring, joyful, life affirming show!

All images by Ian Hodgson.


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