Alex Frith (Director)
AirCraft Circus Artistic Director, Trainer & Choreographer
Course Tuition: Bungee, Wall Running, Acrobatics, Dance and Performance Skills
Originally from OZ, Alex Frith trained as a professional dancer at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and performed throughout the country for five years before putting down his ballet shoes and moving to London in 1998. Joining The Central School of Speech and Drama and The Circus Space he expanded his skills to include acting, harness, acrobatics, trapeze, stilt walking and clowning. He gained a place at The Millennium Dome as an ensemble performer for the coveted Central Show where his main skill was bungee stilts from 40 metres!! In 2001 he set up “AirCraft Circus”, his aerial acrobatic theatre company at The Hangar in Stratford, which he built and ran with Nik Litton.
Relocated in 2008 the phoenix rose from the ashes as “The Hangar Arts Trust”. He sits on the board of the charity. Alex has experience in stilt and conventional puppet-building and is constantly directing on a myriad of projects from eclectic in-house creations such as “Shipwreck Circus” to corporate events. Alex has consulted, choreographed and directed widely on many large projects including the “Lord of the Rings” stage show in the West End and Canada, “City of Dreams” and “The House of Dancing Water” in Macau (Franco Dragone), the Shakespeare Globe London, Motion house’s “Scattered”, Punch Drunk, “Ghost”, “Matilda”, “Desperately Seeking Susan”, “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe”, “Billy Ellliot”, and not forgetting his full scale circus extravaganza “Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus” which went out at Download 2011. Alex’s role is as a creative director of circus skills on the Foundation Course. His consulting work specialises in flying performers and fall effects. He is married to Moira Campbell and they have a daughter called India Rose.
Moira Campbell (Director)
Professional Aerialist & Trainer
AirCraft Circus Marketing Director
Course Tuition: Static Trapeze, Doubles Trapeze, Rope and Yoga
Moira Campbell has over 12 years of teaching experience. Her ethos is that any student with enough passion, discipline and determination can become a circus artist. After studying part-time at The Circus Space for 5 years she left her job in independent film to set up her own aerial classes. As Producer on films such as ‘Little Ashes’ (starring Robert Pattinson) this was quite a u-turn! Her love for teaching, choreographing and performing developed, running classes across London at Jacksons Lane in Highgate, The Synergy Centre in Oval and at the original Hangar in Stratford (on a spot that now hosts the Olympic Stadium). In 2008 she officially joined forces with Nik, Lucy and Alex to run AirCraft Circus at The Hangar Arts Trust. As a Director of AirCraft Circus she markets the school, heads up the Foundation Course in Circus Arts, co-ordinates the Adult Programme and The Teacher Training Programme.
Moira currently performs as an aerialist in cabarets, shows, corporate events and festivals. A few of her recent credits include The Greenwich Olympic Festival (silks, triples trapeze and solo trapeze), World Skills at the O2 Arena (rope), Madame Pains Boudoir Circus (doubles trapeze, triples trapeze, rope and spanish web) and Belle Époque (triples trapeze, doubles trapeze and solo trapeze). Alongside her passion for circus Moira trained intensively in Rishikesh in India with renowned Vedantic guru Yogi Vishvketu in the ‘Akhanda’ yoga tradition. She runs regular classes in the Yoga Studio at HAT. Moira is married to Alex Frith. They have a beautiful daughter, India-Rose, who at the age of 5 has performed no less than 15 times already!
Lucy Francis-Litton (Director)
Professional Aerialist & Acrobat
AirCraft Circus Director, Head Trainer & Choreographer
Course Tuition: Flying Trapeze & Cradle, Triples Trapeze, Swinging Trapeze, Bungee Trapeze, Doubles Trapeze, Acrobalance, Handstands, Acrobatics, Harness, Hoop, Doubles Hoop, Silks, Double Silks And Flexibility
Before Circus, Lucy originally trained as a dancer and Gymnast in Norfolk, and went on to compete Nationally in Tumbling and Sports Acrobatics. To continue her training she studied at Leeds Metropolitan University for a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science (1995-1998). Here 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. Since this aerial spectacular, she went on to perform with The Flying Dudes, where she fell in love in the air, with Nik Litton, the Catcher (how sweet!) 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 Acrobatics and Aerial, Lucy returned in 2004, determined to continue her performing career both in the air and on the ground, including a trampoline to catch act for the launch of the P&O cruise ‘Arcadia’. In 2007 she took another performing break to produce the beautiful 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.
Alongside her performing Lucy is also a circus trainer and choreographer with over 15 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.
'Parade' show New Year's Eve 2015 Doha, Howthelightgetsin Festival 2015, 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 (Director)
Professional Rigging Technician & Acrobat
AirCraft Circus Technical Director & Trainer
Course Tuition: Flying Trapeze, Equilibristics, Acrobatics, Acrobalance and Rigging
Born and raised in Manchester, Nik spent most of his youth studying squash. 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. 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.
Kate Hart (Trainer)
Kate trained at Arts Educational. Since graduating she has worked in all areas of the business from radio, TV, film, video, repertory, touring theatre and TIE. An interest in circus led her to training and working as an aerialist, incorporating it into her theatre work wherever possible and she now performs regularly at event parties for the Bourne and Hollingsworth group. She has also co-formed her own company Static Moves and is a casual teacher at The Circus Space. Kate now works mainly in the field of educational and physical site specific performance. Her work can be seen at many of the London museums including National Maritime, Museum of London, Science, Imperial War and London Transport Museum as well as in schools all over the country.
Katie Hardiwick (Trainer)
Katie first graced the circus stage at Glastonbury Festival aged six! A few years later she joined the children’s classes at The Circus Space in London. Using her gymnastics, theatre and brief ballet training, she learned the basics of circus skills and began her performing and teaching careers. Katie performed and trained with Swamp Circus, performing aerial and acrobatics acts in summer shows and at various events around England. Katie has taught balance, acrobatics and aerial skills in secondary schools, to the youth circus and on a 16+ intensive course.
Teresa Callan (Trainer)
Teresa Callan originally worked as a dancer and began training aerial whilst on a dance contract in Japan. After training informally in Tokyo, Vancouver, Montreal, and New York she completed a Foundation In Circus Arts course here at the Hangar Arts Trust, with AirCraft Circus. Teresa now works mainly as an Aerialist and Hula-Hoop artist in cabarets, corporate events, The Box soho, and theatre. Teresa performed in ‘Madame Pain’s Boudoir Circus’ and was part of the circus ensemble “Enchantment” for Britain’s Got Talent 2011 and was one of the Pirate Aerialists in ‘A Circus Life for Me’. Teresa also performed as a flying Mary Poppins in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and was flying on a hoop in the Paralympics Closing Ceremony. Teresa has been teaching with AirCraft Circus since 2011.