The Circus Diaries began as a basic blog in 2013, a lonely outpost for critical comment on circus performance, calling out for companionship and conversation. In the first year, over 12000 visits from more than 100 countries suggested that loneliness was in the past, and the number of readers has continued to grow.
We cater to the growing number of people who are already engaged with circus in a more informed way than many of the established reviewers writing from theatre, dance, or general arts backgrounds.
We offer a research tool for those who follow, building a map of the world as we encounter it.
We provide a promotional window onto artists and companies who have few opportunities for public exposure.
We provide a forum for the essential dialogue that allows for development of an art form.
The circus world is small, and it is impossible not to make personal connections as we crawl amid the sawdust to shine a light on those we find. We promise that, regardless of how we feel about you as a person, we will be honest about what we like – or not – in your work.
If you have anything you would like to contribute, please feed into the comments, or get in touch directly via the social links. Growth is good!
Katharine Kavanagh (Kate). Editor
P.S. We’re totally self-funded*, so any donations will be lovingly embraced (and, if it’s from our reading list, reviewed for all to see!)
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* In case you’re wondering why we have an Arts Council logo on our website when we are self-funded, they recently contributed some money to upgrade the website for accessibility as part of my Audio Description development project. No ongoing costs are covered, and no work or content is paid for, but their rules say this logo has to be displayed to acknowledge that one-off support. So there it is 😉