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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

An Imaginary Circus

15th October 2015, 21:30 to 22:30, St Chad's College Chapel, Ben Maier

What do a master glass-blower, an itinerant ballad-singer, and the acrobat’s forgotten daughter have in common? They are all part of an imaginary circus. 

The Imaginary Circus is a storytelling extravaganza, which uses an array of props, music, poetry and costume changes to tell the tale of a young man who sets up a circus to save the local glass factory. Set in early twentieth-century Poland, it features a cast of characters, including a tongue-tied poet who speaks with flowers, a deaf musician, and the daughter of the world’s most illustrious acrobat. Rich poetic language, a vibrant physicality, and a range of plots bring this humorous, dazzling, and moving story to life.

This one-man show is performed by Durham English Literature alumni, Ben Maier.

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