The second graduation performance at the culmination of the very first 20-week circus skills course was a triumph of effort, skill and determination on the part of the performer and the East Sussex School of Circus Arts (ESSCA) team.

After an incredibly hard year for everyone, the ESSCA site had come together to look seriously impressive, a feat only eclipsed by the performance of Louise Glenndening , the school’s very first Street Performance student to complete an entire course.

Comprising two big top circus tents filled with all manner of aerial circus equipment, extensive performer/student facilities such as changing areas, showers, a kitchen, relaxation areas and even overnight accommodation, a large outdoor performance space and a picturesque setting including a very pretty lake, the whole space is a performer’s dream.

Guests for the showcase were shown around the site by the proud founder, Renato Pires and Headteacher Carlos Gaudêncio, as he explained how the site could work as a venue for events and shows as well as a circus school.

The larger big top can hold audiences of up to 700 people while the smaller one holds up to 300 and the outdoor venue with the capacity up to 2000 people like the fabulous event last summer involving circus performers using large machinery like JCBs and tractors for their tricks sat around 1,000 people socially distanced outside.

With a fully fitted out commercial kitchen on site too, catering for events is a breeze.

Once the guests, including showbiz Peter Lamber and Jay Rawling Britan got talent BGT and world Record Breaker Eran Buckler. head teacher, Carlos Gaudencio, talked them through Louise journey and how everyone is proud of her achievements.

Renato and the team hope that their circus school and venue will be a hub for performing arts in the area as well as being able to offer something for everyone.

Upcoming events in August Flying Trapeze every day from 10am to 12pm and Acting Moon Circus from the 18th to 29th with performances st 3pm and 7pm.

The venue will be able to host touring shows of all types in addition to holding events such as corporate events, parties and weddings

They believe their school will be a centre for learning performing arts that people from all over the country and beyond will flock to.

If you would like to know more about what ESSCA will offer, please call 01323 325957 or email