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No Fit State in Rehearsal for Mundo Paralelo, 2011 photographer,  Moyrah Gall


NoFit State Circus has always dreamed big. The Cardiff-based company is renowned across the UK for their avant-garde big top performances, and has just returned from a sell-out countrywide tour.

What many show-goers don t know is that NoFit State also runs an extensive community programme, which teaches circus skills to young and old alike. As part of their expansion, a major project to redevelop a near derelict grade 2-listed church hall is well under way. The Four Elms building is situated in the heart of Adamsdown, and will provide a new improved space for professional and aspiring performers to hone their talents.

We've come a long way in 26 years, explains Four Elms Project Officer Zoe Munn: Our current John Street base in was the first time we had offices and a training space in the same place. It made us realise this is what we needed. From then we started to dream of permanent home.

The topping out ceremony is under their belts, the stained glass has been renovated and the scaffolding is coming down. The company is moving into the final stages of development and hope to open the building this autumn. But there s still work to be done, and NoFit State is calling on donors to help them to raise the rig in the main training space. By sponsoring a nut, bolt, ladder strut or supporting beam, supporters will be playing a crucial role in the development of Four Elms.

This is an amazing regeneration project, says Zoe.We re making something beautiful from a building that has been so neglected. It's ambitious, but then circus is all about risk and adventure.

Info: www.nofitstate.org

NoFit State Circus' current production of Bianco is featured in issue one of CCQ magazine

Image: No Fit State in Rehearsal for Mundo Paralelo, 2011 photographer: Moyrah Gall