Many of us dream of quitting our nine-to-five jobs, to, as the saying goes, “run away and join the circus.”
Billy Alwen did just that – literally – when he quit a fledgling career in politics in 1992, aged 25, to become a full-time circus performer.
A few years later, in 1999, he set up Bristol-based Cirque Bijou with his friend Julian Bracey.
Over the past two decades their business has designed and performed large open-air spectacles at cultural events around the world, from Glastonbury Festival, to Olympic Games, to New Year celebrations in the Far East.
At the same time, its staff go on tour with singers and bands such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Muse, to bring their performances alive with fire performers, tight-rope walkers, and even giant robots…
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