Upswing creates Innovative Circus Work that Connects People to The world and Each Other

Never content with the ordinary, Upswing has spent fifteen years creating non-traditional experiences that bring people together through circus, and we’ve inhabited some very unusual spaces along the way.

A performer swings on a trapeze high above a stage

We have toured theatres and festivals with Ancient Futures, Bedtime Stories and Circus Flavours, but you might also find Upswing’s work as a digital circus trail in a local park or a pillowfight in a library.

We’ve taken adults in care homes on a journey through zero-gravity ‘space travel’ and featured Global Majority artists and stories in our award-winning films Common Ground and Circus Flavours On Screen.

Through all of our work we seek to create experiences that are truly communal, interactive and allow the worlds we build to meet the audiences that inspire them

With co-commissioners and producers including Stratford Circus, National Theatre, Roundhouse, Channel 4 and Hull UK City of Culture, Upswing have created an electrifying portfolio of work that regularly tours nationally and internationally.

Committed to the belief that great circus is about connecting people, Upswing’s performances never fail to create a powerful sense of community, even if it’s just for a night.


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