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.


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.

Bethan Clwyd Jones (Production Assistant) has worked in theatre since 2000, and has an MA Drama from the University of Glamorgan. She became hooked on Circus during her first tour with POC in 2014. In her ‘spare’ time Bethan writes children’s stories and runs community drama workshops across England & Wales.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Thomas Podgoretsky (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.