Lucy Francis-Litton (Company Director)
Professional Aerialist & Acrobat since 1998
Head Trainer, Director & Choreographer at ACA
Course Tuition: Flying Trapeze & Cradle, Triples Trapeze, Swinging Trapeze, Bungee Trapeze, Doubles Trapeze, Acrobalance, Handstands, Acrobatics, Harness, Hoop, Doubles Hoop, Silks, Double Silks, Conditioning & Flexibility
Lucy grew up in Norfolk where she originally trained as a dancer and Gymnast. Moving over to tumbling and Sports Acrobatics aged 12, she competed Nationally from 1991-1998. To continue her training she specifically studied Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University (BSc degree 1995-1998). Most of the studying was done in the swimming pool where she took up high diving and became the British Masters Diving Champion for both 1m & 3m springboard in 1998 and completed the set with a gold for platform in 1999. From Leeds she moved to London to train Theatre Practice focusing on aerial circus skills and acrobatics, in preparation for the Millennium Dome Central Show 2000. She continued her career as a Circus Artist since this aerial spectacular as she went on to perform with The Flying Dudes, where she fell in love in the air, with her catcher (now husband) Nik Litton. Unfortunately, her flying trapeze career ended with an almost fatal accident in September 2002, where she fell and broke her neck on a trampoline. Despite being told she would never return to Circus, Lucy spent a year in rehab followed by a stint pole dancing. In 2004, she did indeed return to Circus. She was involved in a trampoline to catch act for the launch of the P&O cruise ‘Arcadia’, performed in the Royal Opera House and Erotica 2005. In 2007 she took another performing break to produce her daughter Bina; who is already following in Mum’s footsteps! Back into action once more, Lucy performed in AirCraft Circus’s very own show “Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus” and made it to the Live semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2011, performing bungee as part of “Enchantment”. Over a decade after her career began in the Millennium Dome, Lucy got to fly in the Olympic stadium, as an Aerial ‘Dementor’ in the incredible Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
2012 finished with AirCraft's latest show 'Midnight Circus' choreographed and co-directed by Lucy. Midnight Circus continued to run in 2013 performing on the MS Stubnitz in Canary Wharf. In 2014 Midnight Circus made it to Jackson's Lane for a very successful 4 week run. In 2015, Lucy performed and directed the latest show creation from AirCraft Circus, called Boudoir Circus. This was performed in the Spiegaltent in Canary Wharf (2014/2015) and at Howthelightgetsin Festival 2015. New Year's eve 2015 Lucy performed with some of her Boudoir Circus colleagues in Doha. 2016 was another rest year whilst she has shoulder surgery but was back into action at the end of the year with Midsummer Circus. In 2017 she joined (acrobat and aerialist) Secret Cinema's Moulin Rouge, followed by Boudoir Circus making it to the Underbelly Festival for a sell out performance. In 2018 Boudoir Circus and new family show Midsummer Circus were performed at Howthelightgetsin Festival. Lucy also created a new show "The Greatest Circus Show" inspired by The Greatest Showman which was performed at the launch of the brand new training venue AirCraft Circus Academy. September 2018 saw the launch of another show called 'Submersion', a family show in collaboration with an escapologist! 2018 ended with our 8th Greenwich Circus Festival, where both Submersion and The Greatest Circus Show were performed once more.
Alongside her performing Lucy is also a circus trainer and choreographer with over 18 years experience across a wide range of ages and disciplines. Lucy was previously one of the Aerial and Acrobatic Trainers for the Degree, Adult, Youth, Corporate and Intro Day programmes at The Circus Space for 8 years, before joining AirCraft Circus in 2009.
Submersion at Royal Navel College 2018, Underbelly Festival 2017, Secret Cinema Moulin Rouge 2017, 'Parade' show New Year's Eve 2015 Doha, Howthelightgetsin Festival 2015 & 2018, Canary Wharf Spiegaltent 2014/5, MTV Awards 2013, London Olympics 2012, Mika’s Concert in Paris 2008 (Acro); Download Festival 2011 (Acro, Bungee, Pole); O2 Arena 2011 (Acro); Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (Acro), Village Underground (Acro); National Theatre (Flying Trapeze); Manumission, Ibiza (Swinging Trapeze); The Hippodrome, London (Doubles Trapeze & Hoop); The Roundhouse (Static Trapeze), Royal Opera House & Royal Albert Hall (Acro); Wella International Hair Show 2010 (Silks); Evolution Festival (Hoop);
Nik Litton (Operations Director)
- Professional Rigging Technician
- Acrobase & Juggler
Course Tuition: Flying Trapeze, Equilibristics, Acrobatics, Acrobalance and Rigging
Born and raised in Manchester, Nik spent most of his youth climbing trees and studying squash. In his early 20's he ended up Juggling on a beach in Kefalonia. In his late 20’s Nik decided it was time to take life a little more seriously and actually get himself a degree… in Circus!
Nik moved to London in 1999 to attend the first ever ‘Circus Degree’ at The Circus Space in Hoxton, now known as the National Centre for Circus Arts. It was here where he met his now wife Lucy Francis, and they formed a cradle and acrobalance duo. During the summer season of 2002 they performed with The Flying Dudes as part of their flying trapeze spectacle.
Nik continued to perform over the next few years, also adding a Kids Clown Show to his repertoire, alongside teaching and rigging. He has performed for Prince Charles, in the Royal Opera House, P&O’s Arcadia launch show, taught many celebrities how to fly. He was a teacher for the London Youth Circus and Corporate programme at The Circus Space 2002 – 2009 and he has been rigging Circus since 2001.
Nik was part of AirCraft Circus Performance show's Madame Pain's Boudoir Circus, Damaged Goods, Midnight Circus, Boudoir Circus, Midsummer Circus, Submersion and The Greatest Circus Show.
Submersion at Royal Navel College 2018, Underbelly Festival 2017, Secret Cinema Moulin Rouge 2017, 'Parade' show New Year's Eve 2015 Doha, Howthelightgetsin Festival 2015 & 2018, Canary Wharf Spiegaltent 2014/5, Download Festival 2011 (Acro, Bungee, Pole); O2 Arena 2011 (Acro); Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (Acro), Village Underground (Acro); National Theatre (Flying Trapeze); The Hippodrome, London (Doubles Trapeze & Hoop); Royal Opera House.