BREAK A LEG
BBC Drama Doctors Does Circus
Meet the cast of ‘Doctors’. A long-running BBC1 lunchtime medical soap opera famous for its dramatic storylines.
The brief? Consultation and expertise for a circus-themed team building episode. As part of the storyline, the Doctors’ team were going on a team building session. And certain cast members needed a significant amount of circus skill…
…which represented a slight challenge since most of the cast had never done any kind of circus training before. Fortunately, we love to teach circus skills. And we love a good challenge.
So, we came up with a plan. We started by identifying skills that the cast could learn within 8 weeks. Skills that would also look good on camera.
Then we delivered eight weeks of training prior to filming, to skill each character according to their part. We also provided on-set health and safety advice for all the aspects of circus training and filming.
Finally, we paired each performer with a professional ready for final filming.
Filming took place in November 2017 at our premises in Kings Heath Birmingham, a fully adapted building for circus arts and the perfect location for the Midlands-based soap. The episode aired on the 22nd March 2018 and the cast and crew were delighted with what we’d been able to achieve in just 8 short weeks. Suffice to say that we ‘cured’ the cast of their circus dilemma!
Filming took place in November 2019 and the episode was aired on the 22nd March 2020. The location was our premises in Kings Heath Birmingham which is a fully adapted building for circus arts.