BGT Star with Silver Circus!

A star guest tutor dropped in on zoom this week! Steve Royle shot to fame coming 3rd in Britain’s Got Talent 2020.  He’s also known as ‘that juggler in Phoenix Nights Live at Manchester Arena!’  The talented Comedian, Radio Presenter, Actor, Panto performer and Dad shared some skills with Silver Circus. 

“I first met Steve in 1989 at our first open circus session in Oulderhill School,  Steve was a performing arts student and then got a job at Granada Studios.  It was great to see him live on our zoom channel, we had a lot of laughs!  We did a funny face warm up, mime skills and even made a tea towel chicken” Jim Riley

“A huge thank you to Henry Smith Community Match Challenge fund for helping us to continue our work through lockdown.  Thanks for the smiles Steve!” Martine Bradford 

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If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email our Creative Director Martine on 01706 650676 /

Skylight’s New CEO!

We are delighted to welcome David Allen as our new Chief Executive Officer!  David will be managing operations, freeing up the creative team, led by Skylight’s Creative Director Martine Bradford, to focus on bringing more shows and workshops to people throughout Rochdale, Greater Manchester and the North West.

Jim Riley, Chair of the Board and founder of Skylight, said “David has a wide variety of marketing, development and operations experience gained while working in the music and entertainment industries for many years. More recently he’s gained some grassroots arts experience, working as a freelance consultant on several projects in Rochdale.”

“Skylight has done brilliant work over the past 30 years and the team is massively respected by arts organisations not just in Rochdale but around the UK and beyond. Skylight was founded on the principles of bringing the joy, physical and emotional benefits of circus to anyone and everyone, regardless of age, background and ability. These principles are just as important now, perhaps more so given the challenges we all currently face. My job is to help make sure we can offer that to as many people as possible,” said David.

Skylight’s usual programme is currently adapted due to government guidelines but they continue to run online sessions and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch via

“A big warm Skylight welcome to David!” Martine Bradford 

silver circus juggling in mr kite


If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email our Creative Director Martine on 01706 650676 /

Covid Class Update

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.


As you are probably all aware, Rochdale is now under Tier 4 restrictions. This means that our building is once again closed to the public and therefore all classes, workshops and other sessions are unable to take place. We are working to find other ways to deliver our sessions and will keep you all up to date as things develop.  In the meantime, look after yourselves and we look forward to seeing you all in person just as soon as we can do so safely.








We are hiring!

Skylight Circus Arts are seeking an inspirational leader with extensive experience of working in the cultural sector.

Chief Executive Officer £30,400  .8  4 dpw. (£38000 pro rata) 

  • 12 months, then subject to funding. 
  • Application by email, referring to all items in the Person Specification
  • Deadline 31 December. 

  • Virtual interviews week beginning 11th January.

Applications Email to:  

CEO - Job Application Details

Positive news!

We are thrilled to tell you that we have secured Henry Smith Community Match Challenge Funding!  We will be working with people in Rochdale who are disadvantaged by Covid19.  We’ve put a short video together of some of our work during the pandemic.  Maybe you might spot yourself?

“This is fantastic news!  We’re looking forward to working with local people and spreading some circus joy!”  Jim – Chair of the board of Trustees

Pre Lockdown Classes 3rd and 4th November

Unfortunately, this is Skylights’ final week for youth circus before lockdown.  Please note that Friday night Youth Circus has now been moved to Wednesday.

Midi Youth Circus 3 November 6.00 – 7.00pm
Youth Circus & Spotlight group Wednesday 4 November 5 – 6.15pm

Classes will unfortunately cease until further notice.  If you have any questions please contact our mobile number which is monitored during office hours 07421008192. Alternatively contact