Welcome!

Welcome to Syrcas Byd Bychan, the circus school based at Small World Theatre since 2017. We currently focus on teaching aerial circus classes for children, young people and adults from beginner level upwards. These include weekly classes during school terms, summer school experiences, and one-off workshops/masterclasses. All our students get to experience a mix of apparatus across the term including static trapeze, rope/silks and sling/hammock.

Please note that we are currently running a reduced number of classes due to COVID restrictions. Our adult classes continue to run, but unfortunately there are no classes for children under 11 and limited provision for more experienced 11-15 year olds. Please see our Regular Aerial Classes page for more information on which classes are running and if there are spaces available. We are constantly monitoring the situation so that we can reopen our full programme as soon as it is safe to do so. You can also contact us to register your interest or join our waiting list by emailing the SBB team admin@smallworld.org.uk. (Please note that the theatre is still closed to the public and staff are working from home so there is currently no phone number for SBB.)

We will update parents as soon as our full programme of classes for children and young people is able to re-open. Thank you all for your ongoing support and patience.

COVID-secure

After much careful planning, we have been gradually reopening Syrcas Byd Bychan to allow aerial classes to resume.

This is a phased reopening in line with Welsh Government and Public Health Wales’ guidelines. It is following consultation with Ceredigion’s Public Services Board Sub Group; Understanding our Communities, and under the guidance of our Board of Trustees. A gradual re-opening is helping to ensure that our COVID-19 safety procedures can be monitored and optimised. This way, we can build up to our full timetable of classes as soon as it is safe to do so.

Classes are now a little different: we focus on one piece of apparatus (trapeze, silks/rope or sling) each week so that we can rotate and quarantine kit for 72 hours minimum between classes. We also ask all students to observe careful procedures, including wearing face coverings during classes. We understand that everyone has a different sense of the risks that COVID presents, but we hope you understand that it’s essential for us to following Welsh Government guidelines to ensure the safety of all our staff and students.

We appreciate all our students’ support and commitment to these new measures for the safety of all.

SBB @ Home

During COVID lockdowns, our SBB trainers teach online ground-based conditioning classes four days a week. During the most recent lockdown restriction these were supported by The Arts Council of Wales‘ Cultural Recovery Fund. These Zoom classes are workouts that are done on the ground but translate to functional strength, flexibility and skill in the air, whenever we can get back on our equipment in the air. There is generally a focus on core strength, shoulder health, active flexibility, stamina and aerial movement pathways.

If you are, or have been, a registered SBB student, you can join the mailing list to receive class Zoom links by emailing admin@smallworld.org.uk. Our trainers have also produced a small library of follow-along ground-based aerial and handstand conditioning videos. Registered students can request access by emailing the team.

Keeping in touch

The SBB teaching team are taking over the communication about Syrcas Byd Bychan for the time being. If you are a regular student, you will receive updates by email. If your contact details need updating, please email Jess admin@smallworld.org.uk (We apologise that there is no current phone number since staff are working from home.)

DOOR STEP CHALLENGE

During spring lockdown 2020, our circus trainers took part in the Door Step Dance challenge #doorstepdance and created these beautiful pieces. Thanks to Hannah Darby, Jess Allen and Emma Stevens for letting us share them with you. Credits on Vimeo.