I visited NoFit State Circus this summer for a tour of their building in Adamsdown and to find out more about the company with Executive Director Alison Woods and Bethan Touhig-Gamble, Head of Development.
The building is a converted former chapel – as there aren’t many other types of buildings which offer the height that circus performers need. The main space houses rigging for trapeze swings, ropes and ribbons along with all sorts of other equipment, and is also used for training and rehearsal of performance including juggling and hand balance.
In addition to world-class performance work, which the company tours around the UK and across the world, NoFit State run training courses and circus workshops for people of all abilities.
Over 300 people take part in community classes at the centre each week, and there is a thriving youth circus for children aged 5 to 18. The youth circus programme provides a lot of fun, along with physical literacy, and also prepares those young people who are very committed to continue on to professional training.
The company has recently returned from performing in France, and are planning future tours to Europe and beyond.
Like many organisations in Cardiff Central, NoFit State are facing the consequences of Brexit but struggling to plan with little information. We discussed the need for clarity on driving licence acceptance in Europe, and whether the company will need to significantly increase touring budgets, for example if different visas or work permits are required after next March.
I will continue to press the government for clarity in their plans, and keep raising the concerns of organisations like NoFit State to make sure their voices are heard.
Find out more aout NoFit State, including how to join their community classes, on their website here.