Our Story

Low noise. Hesitant murmurs. Palpable anticipation. Excited but unsure what to expect. 

A movement on stage catches eyes and quietens chatter. So silent, you can hear the air. Pounding hearts. A stifled cough.  A loud beat, then music! A burst of bare feet tumble into the room. A sea of unblinking eyes, mesmerised…

…in a flash it’s over. But every moment was delicious.

We love to transform the energy of a space; to animate a place. We love to move people to a mind that’s a million miles away. That’s the power of circus and it’s why we do what we do. Circus means different things to different people. But it always starts a conversation. And there’s always a story to tell. Here’s ours…

Once upon a circus

I always loved gymnastics, dance and theatre. Any excuse to show off! So I leapt at the chance to join a cultural exchange programme in America and spend the summer at circus school. It was the perfect worry-free life; setting up a show, making people happy and then doing it all over again. Year after year, I went back. We travelled across 35 different states, living in trailers, buses and hotels. It was the circus life of books and childhood dreams.  But I worried about where I was going next. I wanted a career so I started by trying to get a job. With no qualifications and no clue what I was looking for, I struggled. 

So I did what I knew and loved, and in 2011 started a circus class (with one member). And just like that, Circus Mash was born. 10 years later, one class became forty and Circus Mash is the heart of Birmingham’s community circus; my inner mood board painted across the city. 

But it didn’t stop there. Creating shows and performing were always on my mind. So, inspired by my love of fashion and creativity, House of Mash emerged. A way to share dance, song and spoken word in all its hope and glory. And to showcase the incredible young people who inspire me every single day.

Joe Fearn, Founder and Director 

OUR MISSIONS

Cutting-edge performances that inspire conversation. We create eye-opening acts to elevate events and animate spaces (added jaw-dropping guaranteed). Your feel-good event will do good too. All our shows start with ideas and inputs from our youth collective, giving them opportunities on a Stage of Change.

WOW ME!

Circus skills to empower, energise and encourage you to achieve your impossible. We develop skills through creative classes, workshops and courses and create high quality shows with you, our community members.

EMPOWER ME!

An online space to connect circus teachers, performers and enthusiasts with tools for motivation and mental balance. We help generate income streams for artists and introduce the power of circus to a wider world. One mind, body and circus at a time!

MOTIVATE ME!
Great work can only come from great partnerships.
Here are just a few of the amazing clients that allow us to come to work
every day and push our boundaries.

We truly put our heart and soul into every commission. We’re proud of the work we do and by working with us you help to develop a whole new generation of artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that will make our future the best it can be. Here are some of the stories of happy clients we have worked with over the last few years – we hope to add you to the list!

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