16 Jun 2024

Scarabeus Aerial Theatre


"Amidst polarised conversations that foments hate rather than understanding, it took courage to tell our story..."  Daniela and Naissa

After our World Premiere at BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ in March, we are thrilled it has been released on The Guardian Documentaries and is on their spotlight.
It will also be showing at 5pm on 7th July at the Bristol Pride: Queer Vision Film Festival. Book your tickets here.

Cara Mamma is a documentary made by Sky Neal from Satya Film. It is inspired by loving and intimate letters between a mother and her transgender son, during his transition. Filmed over three years it ran in parallel with our creation of Emerging. 
"Breathtaking. What beautiful people; what a beautiful, tender film. I am lost for words. I feel a massive wave of love and thanks."  Comment from viewer

In March we were delighted that the Emerging film made the official selection of the Circus International Film Festival Full Length Category. It was projected online at CIFF2024 on 29 March and received a wonderful response from viewers.

A journey through the mind, which sometimes is clear blue and at times cloudy and grey. How do we deal with sadness? Anger? And finding support?
Where does happiness begin...

Inspired by Your Mind is Like the Sky by Bronwen Ballard and Laura Carlin. 

9th July 10am, 10th July 10am, 11th July 10am & 6pm
at Keys Meadow Primary School, 84 Tysoe Ave, Enfield EN3 6FB.

Join us or find out more by emailing emma@scarabeus.co.uk

Thanks to the support of our funders we've been able to continue running two weekly classes for our young people and emerging professionals, many of whom face multiple barriers towards improving their mental health and wellbeing.
We are so proud of our young aerialists and what they have achieved.
“'It makes me feel so much more confident, and I've noticed my mental health has been better. It's given me an activity to look forward to very week."  Young participant

Our newest participation programme has now visited three schools! It helps increase physical literacy, builds children's inner trust and self-belief through improved confidence and competence. We are thrilled with how positive the response has been as we come to the end of the first year of our pilot programme.
“Amazing and empowering experience. The experience made a huge difference to our daughters life and her confidence. Hope more schools and more children can experience this!"  Parent of participant
Our experiential programme, run in partnership with Tender, helps children to cultivate a better understanding of their thoughts, regulate their emotions, and feel more interconnected with others. We piloted with three primary schools, using an arts-based approach, to compliment the schools PSHE curriculum. 
“Children seem more in touch with their emotions towards the end of the week, and overall much more collaborative and co-operative."  Teacher
We continue to be committed to supporting families living under difficult circumstances through our free programme of creative and physical aerial workshops - giving them a chance to play and have fun together and form stronger bonds!
'I enjoyed watching and helping my child overcome her limits and I enjoyed joining in and doing it myself! I never thought I'd be able to do it!!!' Flying Families participant
Our innovative aerial physics programme has visited four schools this year, and will be visiting two more in Brent soon! It's been great bringing both our practical and demonstration models to schools, helping make science approachable, accessible and fun for a wide range of KS2 learners.
''Flying Into Physics really does make children open to science in their world in a way that nothing else does – it’s unique!" Teacher
We love to introduce you to our new Learning and Participation Programme Manager: Emma Lawrence.

She not only has a head for heights, but has hit the ground running...

"Hi I'm Emma – with a background in project management, participatory arts, & theatre in both the third and care sector, I couldn't imagine a better role. Not only am I keen to work in an environment that acknowledges art as a vehicle for positive social change, but I'm also fiercely passionate about aerial. I haved LOVED my first month with Scarabeus!'

Thank you!

To the fantastic team of artists and workshop leaders, filmmakers and composers, producers and marketing consultants, riggers and technicians who are a joy to work and collaborate with.
To our amazing board of trustees and young advisors who have helped us to successfully navigate the challenges over the year.
To our funders for making our performances, films and participation programmes possible: Arts Council England (ACE) Project Grants, National Lottery Community Fund, NCEL CAMHS, BBC Children in Need, City Bridge Trust, Cloudesley, The Portal Trust, Manly Trust, Armourers' & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, John Lyon's Charity and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

And to you! Keep being a part of our journey…
Images by Gabriella Piccaluga, Mark MorreauHenri T and Scarabeus.
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