Creative directors

Jade Dunbar was born into a circus family and has worked with many circus theatre groups including the acclaimed Cirque Bijou, Threesixtyº and Tao Productions as well as at events across the UK, Europe, India and the Middle East. Having run the Circus Big Top at Glastonbury Festival since 1995, she specialises in new work and commissions; her talent for discovering and nurturing new work has since become recognised as The Glastonbury Arts Commission award for new programming.




Barnz Munn trained as a shipwright and tentmaker, before becoming an aerial-rigger, costumier & performer. He has a unique understanding of 3-D design, and he is known for creating innovative aerial systems and props, including pioneering performance-based rigging & human counterweighting. Since 1998 he has been combining traditional ship-rigging and racing-dinghy rigging techniques in stunt shows, outdoor spectacles and circus shows with climbers, dancers and circus performers.




Shaena Brandel is an Irish circus practitioner, trained in the UK, with 20 years experience as an aerial performer, teacher and choreographer. She has toured extensively across the UK and internationally with Giffords Circus for their first two seasons, and for five years with NoFit State on their critically acclaimed shows Immortal, Tabu and Labyrinth (Eden Project). Her work with Barnz Munn developing the new discipline of counterweighted hoop, has been hugely influential in the international Circus community.



Company


Axel Guérin
(Performer) is a Belgian-born acrobat, whose passion for circus began early on as a young athlete, first building his skills at Circolito circus school in Mechelen, before training at Bristol’s Circomedia where he met his acro-dance partner Winston Reynolds, and in Tilburg at the Fontys Academy for Circus and Performing Arts.  Axel joined the cast of FLOWN in 2016., and stars in our brand new production, RUHM





Craig Turner (Performer) has a broad training in martial arts, dance, circus and stunts, all of which feed into his unique movement style. He specialises in adapting breakdance to various disciplines and has performed across Europe, Asia, South America and Middle East on large scale and intimate shows; each as different as the next. Craig has been in the cast of FLOWN for 4 years. 





Ellis Grover (Performer) is a high-wire walker, photographer, acrobat and drummer who fell for the Circus at the tender age of 16. He has worked for renowned companies Organised Kaos and NoFit State Circus before joining POC; and all before he was 20.  Ellis joined the cast of FLOWN several years ago, and stars in our brand new production, RUHM





Joe Dimuantes (Performer) is a Yorkshire-born drummer, bassist and guitarist who cut his teeth in shouty, noisy punk bands. After 15 years, his pursuit of something a little more refined lead him to join the circus.








Jack Rees (Performer) is a Somerset-born physical performer whose passion came from skateboarding at an early age and journeyed through pantomime, dance and acting before circus won him over. Graduating from Circomedia Bristol in 2011, he has worked internationally with Arcadia and The Invisible Circus. Jack joined the cast of FLOWN several years ago, and stars in our brand new production, RUHM





Alfa Marks (performer) discovered the circus after graduating in contemporary dance from the London Studio Centre in 2010, pursuing her passion for aerial performance first as an apprentice with Gerry Cottle’s Circus and then as a solo aerial rope artist. She has performed in theatre shows and festivals across the UK and abroad, for companies including Cirque Bijou, Upswing, and Incandecence – joining the cast of FLOWN in summer of 2016 for the company’s homecoming at Glastonbury festival.




Tia Kalmaru (Performer) is a Welsh/Estonian instrumentalist and performer. She studied music from a young age and has played all manner of instruments in everything from classical orchestras to ska-bands, as well as performing as a solo artist.







Winston Reynolds (Performer) was born in a small forest in the south of Sweden, and has spent 10 years establishing himself across the worlds of circus and dance, specializing in acrobatics, duo-acrodance (with Axel Guerin) and physical theatre.He studied at Circomedia in Bristol and the prestigious Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art in The Netherlands. Winston joined the cast of FLOWN in 2016.






Screen Shot 2018 01 30 at 10.00.42 Eric McGill (Performer) started his acrobatic career at the age of seven as a competitive trampolinist.  In 2010 Eric graduated from the National Circus School in Montreal. With his swinging trapeze and aerial straps acts he has worked in cabarets, big tented shows and large outdoor festivals around the world including Germany, Mexico, Australia, Canada, and the UK to name a few. He joined the cast of Pirates of the Carabina’s new show Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine in 2016, developing the unique counterweighted trapeze act with the company for the show’s launch in 2018.   


Screen Shot 2018 01 30 at 10.06.47 Seren Corrigan - Seren is a trained dancer and physical performer, who began to specialise in circus and, specifically, Corde Lisse (aerial rope) when she studied at Circomedia. She joined the cast of Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine in 2016. 


Photo Meg Ella is a Welsh musician working in London. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2016 where she studied jazz vocals and cello; and now works as a professional session musician, arranger, composer/songwriter and MD in popular music and theatre in London and around the world.
She is a founding member, volunteer (administration) and performer with the Citizens of the World Choir, a refugee choir based in London; and works as a tutor and administrative Manager for the Becky Dell Music Academy. She joined the POC family in 2017, as on-stage performer and lead composer on the Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine live score. 


Chris Aplin (Sound Design) is a highly adaptable sound engineer with an enviable breadth of experience and a BSc (Hons) Sound Technology.


Alfie Horn (Sound Design) has worked on countless live events, corporate shows and theatre productions; establishing his own technical production company several years ago. The breadth of his experience and skills as a sound engineer – along with a passion for circus and live arts – led him to join the POC family in 2017.  


Thomas Podgoretsky (FLOWN Musical Advisor) (Composer: ‘January’s Window’, ‘Silver Bird’ and ‘Freedom Song’) Our American plays saxophone, guitar, dobro and fratoire and has toured worldwide with many circuses incl. Cirque Burlesque, Gerry Cottle’s, Gandi’s, Chipperfield’s and The Barneys. He is co-creator of a Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival in the USA.