Circus artist clinches deal

Circus artist and aerialist Ria Ashcroft has clinched support to create a new performance that will be seen for the first time at Derby Festé on September 24 in the River Gardens.

Ria has teamed up with Phil Coggins and Mark Hornsey from Buxton-based Babbling Vagabonds theatre group as well as Kristy Guest and Hannah Stone from female theatre company The Gramophones to develop the new commission.

Entitled Tarzanna the family-friendly performance will feature aerial skills, puppetry and music and will tell the story of the female lead character’s attempts to save the endangered rainforest.

Ria, 34, is originally from Ilkeston and now lives in Nottingham.

The former Ockbrook School pupil studied circus skills in Sheffield and toured Europe with the English Theatre Company. She now works as a circus and aerial skills performer and teacher.

As well as teaching aerial skills at Déda in Derby, she tours festivals and carries out workshops with a portable aerial rig.