Here is some information about me, quite a lot of the following activities overlapped and ran concurrently.
1971 Born in Wimbledon SW London.
1978 Started violin at 8 yrs old.
Rudolf Steiner School Orchestra.
Started juggling at 16 years old.
Started school Circus Club.
Started teaching and performing at 17.
Fairs, Fetes, Cabaret.
First Juggling convention at 18.
Performed in front of 3000 people (mostly expert jugglers).
Qualified Gymnastics coach at 19.
1990 – 1997 Circus Space now The National Centre for Circus Arts – UK leading Circus School specialising in juggling, diabolo, static and flying trapeze. Performing in and stage managing cabaret and festival performances.
Juggling TV Film.
First corporate bookings as an entertainer.
Theatre lighting Jacksons Lane Community Theatre.
1991 Theatre tour of Far East as stage manager – Educating Rita.
1992 Stage manager English Eurythmy Theatre.
1993 Trained in red nose clown with Gerry Flanagan, founder of Commotion” & since 1998 Artistic Director of Shifting Sands Theatre.
Started working as a professional face painter and balloon modeller, parties, corporate events, promotional work.
1994 Trained in mime and physical theatre with Desmond Jones.
1995 Studied face painting with Charles Fox Theatrical Make up at Covent Garden. 1995 Joined Gandini Juggling Project as performer and workshop leader.
Joined Circa Rumbaba as acrobat, juggler, stilt walker and diabolo specialist.
1996 Zeddie & Co Circus, juggler, acrobat and magicians assistant.
1996-99 Studied acting at the School of the Science of Acting.
1997 Started my first business – Artistic Faces, specialising in face painting and parties.
1999-2002 Lighting Technician London Coliseum , gained City and Guilds theatre electrics 181 qualification.
2002-04 Technical team, Lighting, Sound and Stage Management at Battersea Arts Centre.
2004 – 2011 – Continued with my Artistic Faces business and had my children.
2010 – Having stopped playing music at around 19 I re started playing violin at 39 and had my first professional engagement in Nov 2012 playing violin and double bass.
2011 – Started Clare’s Circus to increase the scope of my own business and provide a wider range of entertainment services, I work with a team of people most of whom I have trained myself.