11 Dec 2015




Thank you to all who have been involved watched and supported us,
we hope you will continue to support and be involved with Scarabeus in 2016.


2015 saw us tour BE-LOVED a captivating outdoor performance inspired by Angela Carter’s ‘The Tiger’s Bride’. The first in a trilogy of work for all ages, created in consultation with young people aged 12-25. This dynamic and moving production toured nationally with 91% of our audience rating the show 4-5 out of 5 or more. BE-LOVED will be on the road in summer 2016.

We have just started a period of research and development for the second piece of the trilogy, DEPTHS OF MY MINDAn innovative show combining aerial theatre with video, bringing to life cutting edge discoveries in neuroscience, in collaboration with scientists from the U-Change study on the teenage brain.

We also performed Danza Antigua to a transfixed audience as part of the Days of the Dead Festival at The British Museum.
We have continued our valuable participation and education work in Islington and beyond.

Dark Side of The Moon, a heritage project run in partnership with the Science Museum, the Women’s Library at the LSE and Kingston University saw us exploring the hidden history of women astronauts. Created in collaboration with Parliament Hill School in Camden, it has involved students in Y7 and Y8 and seen us develop aresource website. 

We collaborated with Archway Children Centre and Hargrave Park School for Flying Together a free 8-week programme of aerial yoga and outdoor exploration for families with children under the age of 5.Who’s Afraid of the Dark, a literacy and performing arts project exploring nature and the outdoors with Year 5 of Grafton Primary School and author Nicky Singer. Artistic Director Daniela Essart also directed The Twelfth Night with Keys Meadow School andSummerversity that involved young people from Islington in a free summer aerial course.

 We continue our involvement In Flight a professional development programme in collaboration with WAC Arts and UpswingThis project will culminate in a performance in July. 
Danza Antigua British Museum

After 9 years at Hargrave Park School, we have moved down the road to Caxton House. We are very thankful for our time with Hargrave Park School and all of their support, we are also happy to be in our new home, amongst other charities and in a building with space to rig our equipment and deliver aerial projects.


We will develop DEPTHS OF MY MIND in the autumn and are currently looking for opportunities to re tour the extremely successful BE-LOVED.

2016 is set to be yet another exciting year, we are looking forward to delivering more education and participation projects with local schools and community groups focusing on developing specific learning skills for young people and raising aspirations. We are developing projects that focus on self-confidence, sense of belonging, breaking the nature deficit within Islington and other London boroughs. We are also looking into the opportunity to deliver adult aerial yoga classes at our new home of Caxton House, so do keep an eye out in the new year.

With no core funding, Scarabeus rely on you support to deliver our ambitious programme of work.
This year we are extremely thankful to our funders; ACE, Wellcome Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund,Ernest Cook Trust, Mercers’ Company, Islington Giving, Awards For All, National Centre for Circus Arts, Gulbenkian in Canterbury and The Point in Eastleigh. 

You can support us to offer more aerial theatre performances and valuable education and outreach projects in a number of different ways: 
  • Make a one-off donation however small at our  Virgin Money Giving account all donations go towards making performances and participation and education projects.
  • Set up a standing order for a regular payment– this makes our future more secure, however small your monthly donation.
  • Register with Easy Fundraising, especially great when buying Christmas Presents! A simple and free way to fundraise for your charity online. All you need to do is shop with your normal retailers such as Amazon and John Lewis, and if you sign into Easy Fundraising before making your purchases, you will raise money for Scarabeus for free. 
  • Talk to your colleagues at work about adopting Scarabeus as your charity of the year.
  • Volunteer your time, do you have a skill such as marketing, archiving, social networking, PR, administration or anything else that you think would be a supportive service for Scarabeus? Contact us on info@scarabeus.co.uk to discuss further.
  • Want to give that little bit more, have you considered becoming a board member, or young board advisor, we are looking for active and involved members to work with our committed and driven board of Trustees to take forward the strategic development of the charity.  We are ideally looking for people with passion and knowledge in one of the following: an enjoyment of and or understanding in aerial theatre, financial/business management, fundraising, creative learning, human resources, knowledge of the voluntary and community sector in Islington. If you are interested in discussing this further, please email info@scarabeus.co.uk or call 020 3620 2325.
  • Please do follow us on your chosen form of social networking (and share with others) we post exciting updates, photos and videos of rehearsals, projects, events and all the other exciting this that we get up to. 

If you are interested in collaborating with us for participation and education programmes, or would like to book us for school workshops, please contact participation@scarabeus.co.uk

If you are interested in booking BE-LOVED our extremely successful outdoor performance for 2016, or any corporate work, then please contact bookings@scarabeus.co.uk

Any questions comments or enquires please contact info@scarabeus.co.uk

Thank you for all of your generous support, participation and enjoyment throughout 2015 we hope 2016 will be just as great.

Happy Holidays,

Scarabeus Aerial Theatre


020 3620 2325
Caxton House, N19 3RQ
Registered Charity: 1063689