Circus company moves in to its new Norwich home

The Lost In Translation Circus Company in their new home, St Michael of Coslany. Massimiliano Rosset

The Lost In Translation Circus Company in their new home, St Michael of Coslany. Massimiliano Rossetti, Annabel Carberry, right, Roisin Morris, and Eduardo Ricciardelli, left. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Acrobatics and tricks are being performed in a former Norwich church after a circus company made the historic building its new home.

Lost in Translation has moved into into St Michael Colany, in Oak Street, after previously being the company in residence for Seachange Arts in Great Yarmouth.

The company - whose performers come from around the world including Italy, Australia and Ireland - is to open The Oak Circus Centre at the venue which used to house the Inspire Discovery Centre.

By day the venue will be a rehearsal space for Lost in Translation performers and the longterm plan is that in the evenings it will host circus workshops and events.

Lost In Translation's Massimiliano Rossetti, who co-founded the company in London in 2006, said: 'The company has been based in Norfolk since 2013 and we felt it was time to lay down more permanent roots in the city, and at the same time offer something to local people.


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'We have searched for a base in which we can create and rehearse our own shows as well as providing classes and training and the church offers a perfect space for both of these.

'We also intend to use it for public performances of our own shows and perhaps from others too. The first will be announced in the coming months.'

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The official opening of the centre will be in October and the company is keen to hear from people who would like to learn circus skills or professionals who would like to run their own workshops.

Currently members of the company are also busy rehearsing for their role in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival's production of The Tempest at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, and touring their own show called The Hogwallops which is inspired by Roald Dahl's The Twits.

Neil Blunt, Norwich Historic Churches Trust vice chairman, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to welcome Lost in Translation Circus to St Michael Coslany. We are very proud that our buildings play host to such a wide range of cultural organisations and this exciting new tenancy, as well as making vibrant use of the large space, will be a valuable addition to that partnership.'

Anybody wanting to learn circus skills or run their own workshops at The Oak Circus Centre should email theoak@litcircus.com, call 07950 896935, or visit www.litcircus.com

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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