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Not-for-profit circus school has big tent idea for flattened HS2 land

Performers at the not-for-profit Revel Puck Circus 

THE age-old dream of running away with the circus could become reality – after a circus company applied to use HS2 land to host big top skills courses

Circus trainers and performers the Revel Puck Circus have approached the builders of the high speed route for permission to create a training school on some of the many acres in Euston left empty by the recent “pausing” of HS2 for the foreseeable future.

HS2 developers Lend Lease and civic group The Euston Partnership are canvassing for ideas of how to use empty spaces before work re-starts.

Suggestions include football pitches, meadows and markets – but new plans show Euston could become the birthplace of a new wave of acrobatic performers.

The Revel Puck Circus was founded in 2018 and has worked with developers and local authorities to use “meanwhile” spaces for shows and training courses. Last year, they supported 180 emerging artists and put on shows for more than 10,000 people.

Founder Luke Hallgarten – a juggler and acrobat with two decades training – told the New Journal how the not-for-profit circus company will share their talents.

He said: “London lacks spaces for circus training and performances. There is a need. We plan to bring big tops to Euston and offer a mix of classes and shows, with a focus on youth work and development. In its proposal, the group say their plans will be a “collection of visually striking and unique temporary structures.” … link to full length article at Camden New Journal

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