Extinction – What our young people think

Funded by National Lottery Heritage fund, ‘3 intriguing fossils and the landscapes they came from’ project took Skylight’s participants on a journey of exploration around the Borough!  Research inspired a show called ‘Mammoth’  which was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic.

This page contains all the details of our fascinating research and maps for you to enjoy the fossil walks!  Below you’ll find the video which contains the  thoughts of our young people and our journey across the Borough.  




You can also read our blog posts about the different research that took place throughout the project: 

Sparth Bottoms – The scorpion trail research and photos

Syke – The woolly mammoth trail research and photos

Newhey Quarry – The seabed trail research and photos

If you would like to try the Rochdale walks, please find the walk map PDF’s below.  


Skylight Circus LED Light Show

As the dark nights have crept in, our Spotlight Troupe have ventured outside to light up the sky!  Our LED light show has been touring events across the Borough.  We’ve performed at Christmas Lights ‘Switch On’s’ in Heywood, Falinge and Rochdale.  We also enjoyed performances at Littleborough Arts Festival!

Our LED light show allows our performers to be very creative.  It’s also great to give the audience a chance to have a go too!   

Thank you to Grace for capturing the video below!  The music is by our talented musician, Steve Broomhead. 


“…It’s amazing, your are painting the sky with light!.” Audience Member Littleborough Arts Festival

“…It looked like graffiti fireworks, I want to have a go!”  Audience Member Falinge


silver circus juggling in mr kite
silver circus juggling in mr kite

If you’d like to book the LED Light Show, or would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email our Creative Director Martine on 01706 650676 / martine.b@skylightcircusarts.com

Skylight Circus Arts presents – Generations

Skylight Circus Arts presents – Generations

Generations is Skylight Circus Arts latest collaborative performance project, where our Silver Circus Group and Older Youth Circus combine, to creatively explore ideas of ‘generation’ and create a public performance.


Working with Grania Pickard as deviser and director the group will look at what links generations together? What dreams do we share? What experiences separate us?

Material and ideas discovered during our creation weekend will help shape the development of the circus performance.

The company explodes into action this week.
The blog will be updated weekly as the action happens, so watch this space for more development on the project.

Follow our blog for all pictures, videos and updates on the project


Suitable for all ages

Friday 27th April 2018  7.30pm

Saturday 28th April 2018 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Skylight Circus Arts studio, St Chads Fold ROCHDALE


Photo Credit: Giles Bennett


He Aint Heavy – Oddly Moving

He Aint Heavy – Oddly Moving



Using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction, storytelling and puppetry to reveal to the audience how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world as well as how his unique take on life has shaped 


Oddly moving performed their production of ‘He Aint Heavy at the Lowery – Salford in November 2017 and invited us to come and see their show. He Aint Heavy tells the story of how life was like for Grania growing up with a disabled brother. Some of our staff, youth circus and their parents traveled over to the Lowery to watch the intimate and interactive performance, Grania used story telling throughout her show and inspired our youth circus in their own practice.