How did you get into flying trapeze?
I tried flying trapeze for the first time when I worked at Frenchwoods performing arts summer camp. It was high up, scary and painful – I hated it. After my fear of heights receded though, I found my niche in life: dangling upside down for long periods of time whilst other people threw themselves at me. A few years later, after a fairly epic night, I woke up and found that I had bought a flying trapeze on eBay. The rest, as they say, is history.
What tricks do you catch in a show? Which is your favourite?
I catch any trick the other performers throw at me. Sometimes this is the trick we agreed on, sometimes it’s a weird cluster of flailing limbs that I have to work out how to untangle into a safe catch. I think my favourite is anything with a twist in it, simply because they look so bizarre flying towards me!
What do you like best about teaching flying trapeze?
Unconventional flying trapeze artists! The people who you would never expect to be any good, and then out of the blue pull something out of the bag and surprise you.
What advice would you give to someone who’s on the fence about trying flying trapeze?
Flying trapeze is like broccoli, you have to try it at least twice before you can decide you don’t like it.
What feedback do you give the most often to students?
SLOW DOWN! People always rush when they get nervous. Chill out and enjoy the experience.
Tell us something wise that you learned from flying trapeze, or share a funny story.
Circus has taught me many life lessons. I guess the most important is that no matter how wrong things are going, they can always get worse. After landing on my head in the net on a training trip in LA, I assumed that it couldn’t get any worse, but then the net decided to bounce me sideways and off the edge. Luckily, I was able to grab onto a piece of rope on the way down, or things could have gotten worse still!