Spectacles & Commissions

Upswing creates original and transformative performances, using their expertise and creative vision to shape tailored works for a range of clients and events.

Two aerialists perform in mid-air from yellow ropes under a blue sky.


“The Upswing performance was amazing, it actually brought tears to our eyes.”
Zerritha Brown, Arts and Heritage Manager, Brent Council

Upswing was selected to deliver Tamburo, a spectacular outdoor community engagement event for the launch of the new Brent Civic Centre in 2013. Working closely with with teams from the council to safely design an event that brought together the poetry of 21 young ambassadors with an awe-inspiring aerial and pyrotechnic display.


“Thank you for producing and presenting a truly outstanding piece of theatre that really did make the most of our moment to shine and showed our city in such a positive light to both our local audiences and the national and international media that covered the event.”
John Holmes, Strategic Manager of Culture, Tourism & Events, City of Stoke-on-Trent

Teaming up with the New Vic Theatre, Upswing devised an exquisite aerial display as the closing event for Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Olympic Torch event. Phoenix from the Flames left its audience of 13,000 utterly stunned.


Created to mark the reopening of Oldham Town Hall, this magical event told the tale of the Oldham Giant. Intertwining live performance, aerials, projection and gigantic puppets, the work reflected an optimism about the future of Oldham.

A woman holds fire poi above her head in a red-lit room.