Common Ground

The award-winning Common Ground short film takes you behind the scenes of a creative, chaotic rehearsal room

Follow Director Victoria Dela and comedy writer Athena as they search for a new Global Majority star to rebrand circus for the 21st century. Will they be able to find ‘The New Face of Circus’ in amongst the chaos?

Mixing comedy, circus artistry and music, this spoof documentary parodies the very real process of what it’s like to audition as an artist from the Global Majority. Watch aspiring cast members Rafiq, Lu, Ayesha, Eric and Shane navigate the ups and downs of the creative process.

Join us as we sidestep the usual narratives in circus. Click to watch the Common Ground film below.

Audio-described version:

The Common Ground film won the ‘Comedy Short’ category at the 2023 European Short Film Festival and the Founders Award for the 2023 Circus International Film Festival.

Common Ground and Showdown

The Common Ground film is a prequel to our upcoming live show: Showdown – an interactive ‘competition’ that lets you decide once and for all, who will become the New Face of Circus. Premiering in February 2024

CAST AND CREATIVES

Original Concept and Direction – Victoria Dela Amedume
Writer – Athena Kugblenu
Original Music – Afrikan Boy
Filmed and Edited – Dan Martin
Lighting Designer – Danny Vavrečka
Costume Designer – Alice McNicholas

Performers: Ayesha Agogo, Shane Hampden, Ericson Mitchell
Rafiq Shah, Louiseanne Pui Chi Wong
Victoria Dela Amedume, Athena Kugblenu, Afrikan Boy

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